Wearing Now: Pretty Flats for Spring

by jennine on March 17, 2011

Flats. They are deceptively complicated. You would think that throwing on a pair of flats would be the simplest thing in the world, and maybe for some it is, but for me… not so much. Here’s why: most flats are ugly. Frumpy. Too expensive or cheaply made. Too simple or too embellished. I don’t know why I’m so picky about flats, like if the curve of the toe is too round or they show no toe-cleavage or too much. The beauty of flats are in the details.

Not to mention comfort. Flats are not necessarily more comfortable than heels. I had a pair of Jessica Simpson ballet flats that I can happily go skipping across town and back, but some flats take a while to break in. And I’ve learned that the hard way. Breaking in a new pair of flats can require bandaids and moleskin, and maybe even some bloodshed. It’s crazy, but don’t tell me it’s never happened to you!

I wasn’t necesarily on the lookout for new flats, I mean kind of, but when you’re not looking so hard that’s when they come in spades. While in London last week (it was a whirlwind trip) I only had an hour to shop, it was late and the only place open was Selfridges. Looking for things not available stateside, I happened upon  Kooples, which I’ve only seen in Paris. There was a lovely pair of suede flats with skull studs.

Ballerines têtes de mort…They’re the perfect color and just embellished enough to add the perfect touch to the most casual outfit. I love. However, I must say if you get these get a size or two up, I’m usually a 37, but it was a squeeze in a 38… and even then, these ripped my heel off the first time I wore them. I guess that makes them true to their namesake.  They’re broken in now… and comfortable… but I’m still a bit traumatized by what they did to my heel.

Update: I totally forgot to mention the sandals, which are vintage and picked up at Feathers in Austin. I fell in love with the soft leather and simple straps, but figures they weren’t ‘internet worthy’ because of their minimalistic nature. These are the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever bought… ever!

Sorry to be a disappointment to those of you hoping I got the Chanel Bag at  Moss Designer Consignment… I wish I did! One day… even secondhand or vintage, I’m not there financially for Chanel. One day! We can dream right? However, I did snag these Missoni zig zag pointy flats for $85. I felt to be a steal, as I was coveting the Prada pointy flats for some time, and yet, I like these even more since I looove Missoni patterns. They were a bit easier on my feet, and were such a pleasure to wear as even with jeans and a white blouse, they added that lovely touch to finish the outfit. Oh joy!

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Ann March 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I totally feel your pain, I have a MAJOR issue with flats. My eyes are bigger than my actual ability to wear them and I’m always finding ones I love and almost buying them and then remembering I WILL NEVER WEAR THESE

these are all awesome though. I like the sandals a lot, I don’t have an issue w those : )
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jennine March 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

what! i can’t believe it! but now that i think of it i don’t think i’ve ever seen you wear a pair!
sandals are my favorite, but thought they were to minimalistic for the web. i love them so much.


Ashe Mischief March 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I live & die by flats, but you’re right- they’re HARD to shop for. When I find good black flats that will last, I buy multiple pairs, because the hardest thing in the world is finding a good, well-made pair of black flats. And all those issues with them tearing up your feet? Story of my life right now! I have so many blisters and cuts on my feet from new flats that I couldn’t wear shoes for 2 days without extreme pain…
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jennine March 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

oh my god… tell me about it! what is with the cuts? is it the over confidence of being so close to the ground? who knows… but you’re smart to buy multiple pairs when you find one you like. i should start doing that!


Poochie March 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Same with flats here. I’m so picky picky. Lately it’s been all brogues and Converse for me, which never fail.

Of course I’m hunting some white brogues right now.
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jennine March 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

ooh i need a new pair of cons! i can’t believe i’ve gone ages since my last pair bit the dust. maybe white? it’s been a looooong time since i had a white pair!


Emily March 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I LOVE flats. But yes, they often wreck your feet far more than heels when you first buy them!!! I rarely have to put a Compeed on with heels but nearly always with new flats!!

Love those Missoni ones!!!!!
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Collette Osuna March 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

LOVE the pointy ones..very cool..great picks:)
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Lara March 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I have definitely ruined my feet more breaking in flats than heels but the comfort later wins out.
Those little skull studs are adorable! Those are worth wrecking your feet over. :)
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jennine March 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

oh yeah, it’s really about getting through the initial pain!


Jessie March 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

ahhhh i desperately need a new pair of pretty flats!!! i dont know what to get though.

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Allie March 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I love these shoes! I find it so difficult to wear flats sometimes though. I’m so used to heels, I feel like a duck when I walk in flats!

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Kori March 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

OMG I love these…too cute! Hope you are doing well honey. I’m having a giveaway to celebrate Spring that ends tomorrow. Make sure to enter if you haven’t already, and check out Pink and Green Thursday so you can link up! Kori xoxo



Natalie March 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I hear you on the pretty flats… sooo hard to find some that aren’t $220 (tory burch I’m looking at you) or that don’t rip up your feed. I actually love traveling in a pair of TOMS — while they aren’t stylish, they are so comfortable.
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jennine March 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

oh yeah, flats aren’t cheap! i was thinking of getting repettos but they just don’t look sturdy enough to warrant the price.

been meaning to try toms… love their philosophy!


Pam@over50feeling40 March 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I live in flats…love flats…am so happy for cool flats….(like these)!!
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maggie March 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

what about the pair on the far right? i love them. where are they from?


Sylvia March 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The missoni flats are so lovely, Jennine. Fabulous spring shoes are popping up everywhere and they make me want to go shopping, bad. Sometimes flats are more difficult to break in than heels, i think. I got a pair of penny loafers I thought would be great for running errands but they are the worst to break in and I feel bad for my heels. beauty is pain, right? :)

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MARLEY SIMONE March 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

OMG! I totally thought I was the only problem child when it came to flats. I mean all over I see gals donning the chicest pairs of flats. Yes, I should walk up to them and ask where they got their flats from, but embarrassingly so, I have never done that. I have a few pair, that I totally need to rid myself of, but I haven’t because I like to replace before tossing them to the fire. Txs for the post!!!

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Jacqueline March 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

The Ballerines tetes de morte are amazing! I hope to some day own these. I’m on a shopping hiatus for Lent, it was getting a little out of control, but I don’t think I can justify 190 Euro for flats (no matter how cool) anyway right now. :( Maybe they’ll stick around long enough to go on deep sale. Great score on the Missoni flats!
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lisa March 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love wearing flats and have built up a decent collection, but you’re right, it’s hard finding ones that look interesting and unique and feel good on.
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propriatress March 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

oooh pretty choices up there…..skellys and missoni…Flats, to be worn without socks, are absolutely, the Hardest Shoes to find! They have to be tried on in person, and taken for a walk to test the fit….no cheating allowed with boots and brogues that can be softened with the right thickness of socks ;-)
…. I’m on the Flat-hunt again this spring…


jamillah March 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

oh i love the juxtaposition of those ballerina flats and tiny little skulls…soooooo good. so, so darn good. also, i am crazy specific about toe cleavage too! my bf thinks it’s crazy but it makes a real difference in my crazy head.

yay for spring weather and no boots!
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vanessa March 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I have just the opposite problem, I only wear flats. When I buy heels they must be perfect. I need them to be walkable, comfortable, the toe shape needs to be just right, and I don’t like toe cleavage. I’m a flats fanatic though.
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Carly March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Those Missoni’s are awesome and will make an outfit for sure.
I have a hard time with flats/ballet specifically… Flat boots and flip flops are easy and comfortable..but anything else is a challenge. I have a beautiful pair of Ferragamo ballet flats that I bought over 8 years ago..I worked retail and needed a flat shoe..and I took advantage of a great discount….BUT….it took FOREVER to break them in, and there were some painful days to say the least.
I am dying to try those ballet flats that roll up into your purse..the footzyroll or the cinderolli. I know the names are cheese…BUT they look supercute and comfy to run around in.
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the clothing menu March 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Those flats with the little skulls are amazing! I love flats, but I totally agree. They do wear out easily (but probably because I wear them so much) and you have to pay attention to the back of them to avoid the bloodshed.
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Haute Muslimah March 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Yay! The Missoni flats aren’t too shabby :)
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Jeni March 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

I love the skulls on the first pair of flats! I want those!!! I have been wearing a lot of flats lately because I like to be comfortable and I always want to be prepared to walk a lot (not that I ever do these days).
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Jessica March 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

Those studded flats are frigging gorgeous!! Must have…
Im fairly boring when it somes to flats, I have little plain leather ballerinas in like 6 different colors (its just easier that way)
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Kim March 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

I have a lot, a lot of flats. And a lot of them hurt like hell! I usually put a lot of band aid on my feet in order to “survive” the day. I always say I can’t walk in heels ’cause it’s too painful but maybe I should reconsider since I’m already suffering anyway :)


Laura Connell March 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love those point-toed Missoni flats. I noticed them right away. What a wonderful find!


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