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Your Emergency Flats Game Just Got Turned Up A Notch

This new fold of footwear is better than ever.

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Who can forget that moment on MTV Cribs when Mariah Carey threw open her shoe closet to reveal racks and racks of high heels? While for many of us, Carey's collection is ultimate #shoegoals, how many of those designs are actually comfortable? Our bet: nil. 

While a heel can (literally) elevate most outfits from ordinary to extraordinary, whether it be for casual office wear or for a black tie affair, finding the right stiletto – one that can be worn without inducing injury – can be a challenge. We've all had that moment in a store when we've convinced ourselves that this pump is the one, only to be proven wrong after just an hour at the bar. It's moments like these that the phrase "beauty is pain" springs to mind, and makes us question how much we really are willing to endure in the name of fashion.

If you've ever ended up walking home barefoot with your sparkly stilettos in hand, switched into sneakers on your commute home or traded shoes with a friend at the club in vain hope that the change will make all the difference, take note of the foldable flat. 

We are eternally grateful to brands including Tory Burch and Kate Spade that have hopped on the foldable flat bandwagon – and to the companies like Yosi Samra and Teiks by Gavrieli that exclusively design the storeable shoe. The former even offers a selection of squashable sneakers that you can stow in your bag. No longer will you have to awkwardly courier around a pair of weighty, rigid ballerinas on the off-chance your heels aren't doing their job: with fashion-forward, practical designs, your emergency flats game just got turned up a notch. An added bonus? Many foldable footwear options come with their own pouch to protect the other items in your bag from the soles. 

So next time you leave the house in an Insta-ready ensemble, complete with gravity-defying heels (or even just an as-yet un-broken-in brogue), step out in confidence knowing that you have an easy alternative for when it all becomes too much. Also, a pair of foldable flats make an excellent party favor, especially for bachelorette bashes and weddings where dancing is very much in the cards. 

Check out our favorite pairs of foldable flats to keep in your bag at all times: 
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KATE SPADE NEW YORK -Globe Foldable Ballet Flat - $150
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Yosi Samra - Vannah Women's Flats - $113
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Yosi Samra - Ciara Ballerina Flats - $98
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Tieks by Gavrieli - Electric Snake - $295
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Yosi Samra - Liv Espadrille - $103
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Tory Burch - Minnie Travel Logo Ballerina Flat - $224
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Tieks by Gavrieli - White Rose - $295
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Talaria Flats - Premium Champagne - $38
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Yosi Samra - Seleste Suede in Garnet Red - $118
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Yosi Samra - Samara Fur Pom Pom Alsina Leather - $108
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Zara Soft Sateen Ballerinas - $40
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