We want to walk like them, talk like them and even dress like them, so we can eventually be like them. You know who I’m talking about: the powerful women at the top of their game. They almost glide into the office, looking chic and in control, rocking their best-dressed everyday. From sharp business suits to form-fitting office dresses, down to chic four-inch pumps, we have to admit the women running things are almost always fashionable. But recently, these women seem to be tired of running businesses in shoes that hurt their feet. “As of lately, flats have left the confines of casualwear and become a power player in the boardroom,” says EBONY magazine fashion editor Ericka Goodman. Whether you're at the top of your game or gunning for your next promotion, here are the secrets to looking powerful when wearing flats in the office. 

Go for a Pointed Toe

This will give the illusion of a high heel and lean leg without the discomfort. Pointed-toe flats look sharp and add class to almost any outfit you wear. Try the Zara Pointed Back Sling Back ($49.99).

Look for a Statement-Making Embellishment

Jeweled brooches, tassels and monograms can bring out your boss-like personality without adding too much fluff. We love the poodle monogram on the Nordstrom Seychelles ‘What Will They Say’ Flat ($69.95).

Work That Pop of Color

Stand out this summer with brightly colored flats that say, “I’m the boss!” Power colors like orange, blue, red, and even yellow make daring statements without being over the top. Have fun strolling along in these Lexi flats in Lemon ($59.95) by Sole Society.

Play with Prints and Textures

Add some fun to your feet with chic prints and textures. Pair them with monochromatic pieces to create balance. Two of our faves: The Tildon Aubree flat from Nordstrom ($49.95) and the Kirby flat by Sole Society ($59.95).

Go Subtle with Classic Nudes

If textures and prints just aren’t your thing, play it safe with classic colors like black, cream, white and soft pinks. The Addy T-strap flat ($49.95) is perfect for this particular preference.

Sneak in a Slight Heel

If wearing a flat is just too risky for your image at work, add a slight heel to create the illusion of height. You don’t have to go as high as a wedge; the one-inch heel on these Liliana flats by Sole Society ($59.95) will do the trick.  

Melanie Yvette Martin @melanieyvette