Not so long ago, flat shoes were considered to be 'fashion's last taboo': the idea of wearing shoes that don't elevate the ankles was oddly alien until very recently - and the idea that flatties could actually be stylish was unheard of.

Happily for those of us who quite like getting from A to B without potential accidents and pain, the tide is turning on flats and this season has seen most major labels creating low-heel or no-heel sandals that ooze style and class. While some are totally flat, others have a demi platform or flatform to add easy height. Even Charlotte Olympia has gone flat for SS 2013! It's a footwear revolution, so if you've been longing for more practical fashion, don't let this one pass you by.

For this gallery, I've picked out some of the standout pieces from summer 2013's flat sandal obsession, featuring high street to high end shoes that will look seriously chic and sharp as the season progresses. From trend-setting brands like See by Chloe to affordable high street brands like Dune, there's plenty here to suit all budgets.

Click on the image above to see them all