As we pack away our summer clothes and say a solemn goodbye to our trusty flip-flops, it’s time to turn our attention to that other shoe constant in our lives—the ever-reliable flat. Here for me when I’m blistered and aching from my beloved heels, flats are my Renaissance shoe, as there’s really no solution they are incapable of providing. Comfortable? Check. Practical for longs days and lots of walking/commuting/chasing kids at a park? Check. Stylish? Check. Portable? You betcha.