I’ve confessed my addiction to lip gloss, now let me admit to another addiction. I can’t have enough shoes. And I KNOW I’m not alone in my obsession. The only difference between us might be the kind of shoes that grab us.
I have flat-as-a-board feet, and I wear a size ten. I’m not looking for torture devices, so I always wear flats. But like I said earlier, just because I wear flats doesn’t mean I’m any less styling than anyone else!
My penchant for flats has taught me that not all shoes are built alike. Just because a shoe should be reasonably high quality doesn’t mean it will be.
For example, these Chinese embroidered dragon mary janes that I got from the China Direct Store for $6.95. I’ve had them for three years and they’re still super comfy and cute. Then there’s the stylish Isaac Mizrahi pointy toe flats I got at Target for $30 (they’re no longer on the site and I can’t find a link, alas), that pinched my feet, and actually, audibly ripped when I was walking the streets of downtown Miami recently. I heard the stitching near my toes give way, and I felt like She-Ra. And not in a good, empowered sort of way.
This being my first real shoe post, I had to consult with my number one style blogger — Sylvia of I Like Her Style! She advised me to check out Payless, Forever 21, shopbop.com, ninewest.com, and Wet Seal. And FYI, if you haven’t checked out the goods at Payless recently, you might be pleasantly surprised!
Zappos is always awesome, but their prices tend to be out of my range. But Zappos has a great range of Sugar shoes, which are some of the cutest and most distinctive flats are on the market. One of my favorite pair of shoes are my Sugar Smoking Cat Rasta Sneakers (pictured above). I wear these all the time, and always get compliments on them. Plus, they are super comfortable. And that’s all I care about. (It seems that the Smoking Cat Rastas are sold out at Zappos, unfortunately). Speaking of comfy and cute flats, BC Footwear is among my fave shoe companies for funky, comfy flats. You’ll find a great selection over at Alternative Outfitters vegan boutique.
I tend look for shoes in unusual places. I found these adorably nautical black and white striped skimmers at Hot Topic, of all places. And they’re on sale for $14.99! Hot Topic has some super cute flats right now. If you’re digging the peep toe style for summer, check out these Leopard Peep Toes for $17.99.
Sister store Torrid also has delicious plus size fashion, and awesome flats. I would totally rock these zebra stripe square toe ballet flats. And no fear if you’ve got to shop online — Torrid’s shoes are guaranteed comfy, because they’re all made to fit a wider foot and calf. Now, why oh why isn’t there a Torrid store in Miami?
Urban Outfitters is a mecca for adorable flats, and the prices ain’t that bad. I swear, almost every time I compliment a fly bella on her shoes, she got them at Urban. These soft, feminine ruched mary jane ballets are on sale for $19.99!
If you’re of the mistaken impression that flats are boring and not fashion forward, check out the Shelly’s London line. These beyond bright snake peeptoes are $58, and will get your feet noticed. I’d wear these with a cute, swingy black jersey dress, and eye catching accessories for a date night.
Delia’s might be a store for tweens, but their shoes are ageless.
I am loving the Allie Flats for summer! That shade of yellow looks incredible on chocolate colored afrobellas, and I’m on a mission to find the perfect top to match these shoes!
The important thing to remember is, just because they’re flat doesn’t automatically mean your shoes will be comfortable.
Sandal season is around the corner, so treat your tootsies right with Airplus for Her insoles. The company makes products for all varieties of shoes. Love My Straps and the ultra squishy ball of foot cushion is ideal for you bellas who still strap on your torture devices. Fot flat shoe divas, the Save My Sole Invisigel insoles are par excellence.
Stay tuned for a post on pedicures soon!