I don't do heels. And I don't do ballet flats- I live in Scotland and it's wet.
I wear long boots. Recently totally delighted with these. www.jonesbootmaker.com/ladies/gabor-astoria-m-JBR26334269.html?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=lowerfunnel That's great for dresses and skirts. More conventional silhouette Then I wear brogues of various types. Clarks do a great range. With trousers. Also with dresses but it's a bit more geeky maybe some would say frumpy. But I like it - I make it look deliberate then I like to think its kinda cool. You need to play about with rolling trouser up getting the right shape. Summer I wear flat sandals or trainers or those summer type brogues. The only thing where I think style wise I need a heel is a business dress type thing I have for interviews. So I have 1 pair for those occasions. I often wear those sorts of tailored dresses with brogues toops if I'm doing something more high powered in a work day. Bit blue stocking but I work in research I rather like that nerdiness.
Not worn heels for 'years' due to dodgy feet and weak ankles. Doc Martens are fabulous, I think, and I have quite the collection. It is sometimes a bit of a bother as to what to wear with formal clothes/weddings etc - did turn up at a friend's evening 'do' attired in a pair of leopard print 'creepers'. Ahem!
I should probably point out that I have a high instep, wide feet and chunky calves so knee high boots will be out, a lot of ankle boots and the width of my feet has probably contributed to why I haven't been comfortable in my shoes for years.
When I go out i wear heels. I tend to drink and dance which normally ends up with my feet hurting and me wanting to take them off. I have found heeled boots a massive relief! I can wear them all night and now walk more than a metre without wanting to sit down. New look have some lovely pairs (just brought a burgundy pair) they have lots of support. Would definitely advise heeled boots.
Me too with wide-ish feet and sturdy calves. There are some great wide fitting knee boots now - Duo are the best known brand, but some other nice styles out there too, including Clarks. I find the 'tall' DMs styles often fit wider calves a treat, but not the lace- up styles.
Another vote for the enbrogue blog, it's inevitably biased towards more casual shoes but she's got some historic blogs about party shoes, wedding shoes and work shoes. Basically she suggests pointy flats if you need to look supersmart. I wear chelsea boots, brogues, loafers, trainers, sporty mary janes, and pointy flats to work. I think flat shoes look great with miniskirts and midi or maxi length skirts in particular.