Summer flats serve an array of purposes. They save our feet from long walks in the heat, and make sure we are ready for any adventure that crosses our path. But this year’s summer flats are stylish and pretty as well as functional. From all-purpose plimsolls, to formal pumps and fluffy sliders; read on for our edit of the best flat shoes for summer 2017.

ASOS Janna Suede EspadrillesASOSJanna Suede Espadrilles£25SHOP NOW

The Espadrilles

It’s a testament to their popularity that espadrille design has barely changed in 50 years. But every summer, designers change up a couple of subtle details to bring these boho classics bang up to date. ASOS has taken the current trend for suede (or at least fake suede) and used it to fashion a surprisingly chic pair of espadrilles which will take you straight from the beach to the bar.

Wear with... denim shorts

French Sole Classic Ballet PumpsFrench SoleClassic Ballet Pumps£65SHOP NOW

The Ballet Pumps

Ballet pumps are another perennial favourite that are perfect for the office on sunny days. French Sole are famous for their never-ending range of ballet pumps in all shapes and colours, but we like the Parisian chic of these navy flats.

Wear with... a pleated midi skirt & a cropped tee

Missguided Studded Flat SandalsMissguidedStudded Flat Sandals£22SHOP NOW

The Sandals

This year's sandals are all about the details: tiny straps; mini pom-poms, ruffles; tassels; and glitter. We love the tough studding on these plain black sandals, which make them the perfect 'going out' flat.

Wear with... a bodycon dress

Women's Vans White Classic Slip-onsVansClassic Slip-ons£46.99SHOP NOW

The Plimsolls

White shoes are having a bit of a moment, and no-one does a white plimsoll quite as well as Vans. Comfy, classic and just the right side of high maintenance, Vans slip-ons look great against blue denim and will last for years.

Wear with... rolled-up jeans & a vest top

Topshop Bow Slip on MulesTopshopBow Slip on Mules£26SHOP NOW

The Mules

Believe it or not, the oh-so-90s mule is back. First seen on the catwalks of Prada and Gucci, mules are now entering the mainstream once again. You can go full-90s with white leather mules or loafer mules, but we love Topshop's modern bow-fronted mules. Perfect for maxi skirts, wide-legged trousers or cigarette pants.

Wear with... palazzo pants

Miss KG Silver Toe Embellished PumpsMiss KGToe Embellished Pumps£59SHOP NOW

The Formal Flats

Every girl should have a pair of formal flats in her wardrobe. Summer is full of weddings, parties, galas, and other fancy events, and sometimes you just need a break from heels. The best formal flats are OTT glamorous, with bold embellishments and no shortage of sparkle. These gunmetal flats by Miss KG are just about as close to perfect as you're going to get.

Wear with... a floaty maxi dress

New Look Embroidered Slipper ShoesNew LookEmbroidered Slipper Shoes£19.99SHOP NOW

The Loafers

Loafers have overtaken brogues and creepers to become the hipster's shoe of choice. In autumn and winter, it's all about the penny loafers with a tassel or bar along the toe. But in the warmer months, all the cool kids are wearing embroidered patches on otherwise minimalist shoes. The quirky bird design on these New Look loafers will add to any outfit.

Wear with... tapered trousers

Boohoo Annabelle SlidersBoohooAnnabelle Sliders£18SHOP NOW

The Sliders

We’ve had a year to get used to wearing sliders instead of flip flops, and already the style has evolved to become almost unrecognisable. This summer’s most popular sliders are fluffy, feathery, and highly impractical. But that’s all part of the fun! Choose the brightest, fluffiest pair you can find and channel the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna.

Wear with... joggers