"Where can I find cute and affordable flats that I can wear to work? I like the Tory Burch ballet flats, but they're $200."
- Krystina, New York
I have to start by saying that I'm not a fan of the Tory Burch flats. They're cute, but they are all over midtown Manhattan. I feel like it's part of the city working girl uniform - Tory Burch flats, Longchamp tote, J.Crew cardigan. It's a cute look, but where's the fun in business casual if you're going to wear something standard? Am I right?
So affordable shoe brands that I like: Jeffrey Campbell, Seychelles and Sam Edelman. Then there's your obvious mass retailers like Steve Madden, Aldo and Nine West, but I'm less fond of those brands because they feel super mass since they're at every mall. And those stores tend to do a lot of knock offs rather than "inspired by" designs, though it should be noted that Jeffrey Campbell has been making a lot of designer replicas as well.
Now for the fun part. I did a little online window shopping, and here are my picks for cute, affordable flats for the office (and play).
Sam Edelman Jeneva $130
Seychelles Headdress $74
Kelsi Dagger Tamatha $100
Jeffrey Campbell Jive-Cap $114.95
I choose these pairs because I felt like each pair was playful and still work-appropriate. The hardware and toe embellishments are both unique and sophisticated enough to add some polish and fun to any outfit. And I didn't mean to, but somehow ended up selecting a lot of snakeskin. I think snakeskin is a nice texture and look, but I never really considered myself a fan.
Side note about the Kelsi Dagger pair, they have a hidden heel! Perfect for the ladies who want a little height boost without true heels.
And if you're open to wearing plastic shoes, check out these two from Melissa. You know how much I love them. They're so easy to clean, great for those semi-rainy days and mold to your feet over time.
Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Ultragirl II Bow Black $120
Melissa Night Flocked $79
Those are my picks. Readers, do you have any other suggestions for Krystina?