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By Real Simple
Updated November 13, 2009
Anja Kroencke

Q: I’m on my feet all day. Is there a skirt-friendly shoe that isn’t a heel?

A: You’re in luck. “You’ll see a lot of flat suede boots in stores this season,” says Jennifer Gosselin, vice president and general manager of Piperlime, a shopping site specializing in footwear.

This knee-high style looks sophisticated with anything from full skirts and A-line dresses to narrow silhouettes. Regardless of your skirt or dress, says Gosselin, it will look most flattering if the hems go well over the tops of the boots or there are a few inches between the hems and the boot tops.

Once the weather warms up, opt for flats, which will pair well with any skirt length. Gosselin likes versions with padded foot beds or rubber outsoles, such as polished and not-too-flimsy styles from Delman, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan.

And remember: Supportive heels do exist, says Gosselin, who suggests chunky rubber-soled heels from Camper and pumps with shock-absorbing cushions from Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole. “Shoes with a hidden platform or a slight wedge also provide a stable lift,” says Gosselin.

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