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Flats, Flats, Flats!

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Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago? Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

I don’t care how good we look in heels, it’s impossible to live in them. Too many hours on our feet. Days when we want to lope along with spring in our steps. Too many casual outfits that look cuter with flats. Not to mention the shorter men who gravitate to us. Still, shoe envy is something we all aspire to inspire. Practicality is not enough. Herein, a bit of practicality and a dash of oooooo, where did you get those?

Jenna – A lady to your painted toes; these give a finished look even to jeans. Great with short skirts too. The low side is an elegant touch. Graceful, bowed patent leather. Open-toe D’Orsay style. Flexible and forgiving rubber sole. $99  Simply Soles

Top: Jimmy Choo Widdin Suede Ballerina Flats- Very Audrey Hepburn with leggings. You’ll move like a dancer. Softly on cat feet, none of that click, click, click…that prohibits surprise. Crisscross ties, cut-out detail, almond toe. Star tipped wrap-around ankle ties.

Bottom: Loeffler Randal Winifred Flat- Sleek in rain or shine. A touch of gloss never hurt anyone, especially if the rest of the ensemble is black as well. A classic. The ruching makes it. Black patent, pointy-toe with ruched detail. They recommend a half size up. $295 Loeffler Randall

Top: Roberto Festa Metallic Toe Flat- Great with everything. Just a hint of gold like a portable wink. Suede flat with tapered gold tone toe cap. Dress it up or down. $149  on sale Shop Style

Bottom: Monique Pumps- Very cash, but kinda feminine, these will take you anywhere with a touch of individuality. Black scalloped suede, tapered toes. $56 Top Shop

Above Left: Palazzo Bruciato Suede Ballerina Flats- Velvet ribbon winds through suede body, tied in a neat bow. Useful dark and light gray. Conservative with a smile. Tea anyone? $195 Forzieri

Above Right: Pour La Victoire Deenie- Easy, comfy; great looking with sweaters (the season is coming) Gray flannel ; bow detail at the vamp. Round toe. $113 Heels

Brogues and Oxfords are ON TREND, ladies. Suddenly it’s cool to look like you’re wearing your boyfriend’s shoes. Wider pant legs, please.

Above Top: Miu Miu Zebra-print Suede- Black and tan with covered zebra heel. Topstitch and seam detail, round toe, lace-up. The haute of it. Talk about footwear jealousy! $490 Net-A-Porter

Above Center: Asos Malcom Punch Out Lace-Up- Delicious color. Brogue detailing with punched out embellishment and rounded toe as if the brogue mated with an oxford. $60 Asos

Above Bottom: Val Lace-Up Brogues- At this price, you can be a bit unconventional. Think how cool these will look with black pants. Houndstooth Check with patent toe and back. Black and white. 100% synthetic. $56 Top Shop

Top: Jill Sander- Beige and neon pink…for real iconoclasts. Be art. They’ll notice these. Modern day Gatsby-esque. Elongated toe, elastic sling-back, stacked ½” flat heel. $209 on sale

Bottom: Calvin Klein Korina- Posh looking, pointed toe flats with adjustable strap. Classic beige with a warm tone. Perfect with sweater sets and belted coats. $211 Both Zappos

Vicini Tapeet- Smooooth. Especially suitable to indoor entertaining- they’re satin, after all-but decorous with jeans and a great texture peeking out from beneath wool. Narrow toe. Dark brown. $142 Yoox

McQ Studded Leather flats- Caramel color; split and gold studs at back of heel, pointed toe. Of course, it’s the detail that makes these. The true rebel doesn’t need to advertise. Look proper, act im… or just lunch with the girls; pick up the kids. $350 Net-A-Porter

Diane Von Furstenberg Spiros Flats- Wonderful texture or pattern, depending on your point of view. Speaks of panache. Cut-out design backed with contrasting leather. Slightly squared toe with ballet tip. Tan vachette and white-also available in black and white. $137 Boutique1

Top: Cocunuts Tatum- Faux-leopard-hair skimmer, narrow toe. This will go with anything come Autumn/Winter…all those brown, black and camel colored clothes…The faux hair makes them appear far more expensive than they are. $59 Piperlime

Bottom: Steve by Steve Madden Madee Slip-on Leopard- There’s something about women in men’s clothes men have always been drawn to. Make imagination work for you. Silk underneath. Slipper silhouette with masculine aesthetic. $ 80 on sale Nordstrom

Above Top: Marc by Marc Jacobs- For the confident, insouciant original. Is the rest of the ensemble arty? Beige criss-cross straps above rounded toe. Heel height 3/8”. Beige detailing at heel. $150 on sale Zappos

Above Bottom: Emanuela Passeri- This will fancy up whatever you’re wearing. Sequins in the daylight or just good jewelry and black pants. Jacquard blues, narrow toe line, contrasting stitch. Lighter blue bow with gem center. $89 Yoox

Top: Restricted Nectarine (Where do they get these names?!)- Sunny footwear. Great color combination. Feminine, neat, polished; cheerful. Blue patent leather with double loop yellow bow at the vamp and pointed toe. $59  Heels

Bottom: Guiseppe Zanotti Embellished Ballerina Flats- Another pair that will elicit smiles. Distinctively novel. Color pop royal blue with arctic blue zipper-like rosettes. Round Toe. $232 on sale  The Outnet

Top: Marcus Pink (Rose) Suede Loafers- Fun color. Affordable indulgence. Classic design. $56 Top Shop

Bottom: Manolo Blahnik Patent Skimmer- Subdued red = emphasis without shouting. Women in the know will know. Impeccable styling. Square, tailored toe. Tonal topstitching. ½” heel. They suggest a half size larger. $575 Bergdorf Goodman

Red Patent Leslie Ballet Flat- Zingy and declarative. For those of you who speak your mind. Good for raising optimism. Young, but not silly. Decorative gold heart. Made in Brazil. $168 exclusive Simply Soles

Above Top: Paul Smith Yasmin- Nifty and unique. Definitely not your mom’s spectator pumps. Beautifully detailed. Multicolored suede. Pinking and perforation. $325

Above Bottom: Kate Spade Babette: Raspberry. Good looking style, flattering shape. Easily worn with either skirts or slacks (the kind of women who wears these calls them slacks.) Patrician. Pointed toe. Ribbon criss-cross with bow accent. Made in Italy. ½” heel. $298 Both Zappos

I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes. Oprah Winfrey

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