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2011 February 15
by Jill

Comfortable flats are the urban commuters best friend–easy to slip on and off, you can easily stash them in your bag and change into heels at the office. But I find myself falling into the same trap all the time, believing that ALL flats are comfortable flats. This, my friends, is simply not true.

I bought two pairs of flats last year–one brown and one black. Both pairs together cost me less than $40. This kind of value would be great, if I actually enjoyed wearing either pair of shoes. As it is, I flinch just when looking at them–they’re cheap, have no support to speak of, and end up hurting my feet more than the heels I’m avoiding wearing on the commute. Clearly, I need some new flats, but I can’t afford to break the bank. Here are a few options worth considering, though I may just get these simple classics from the Gap.


Modcloth Sphere and Dear Flat: $45

Jeffrey Campbell Street Flat: $20

Old Navy Open-Toe Flat: $20

Jeffrey Campbell Kayla Quilted Flat: $104

J. Crew Factory Blume Ballet Flat: $79.50

Nine West Belleau Ballet Flat: $79

Which  would you get?

5 Responses Post a comment
  1. Raquel permalink
    February 15, 2011

    Those Modcloth shoes are so adorable! Sad but true: much as I adore how cute flats are, I can’t wear most of them because they have NO arch support for my unusually high arches and are usually too short in the front for my long toes! They’re also too small for me to put supportive insoles into, so there’s no hope for me. I have accepted frumpier footwear because the comfort and support outweigh the fashion for me. Alas! I’ve found that shoes with just a bit of a wedge heel are more comfortable for my feet than straight flats.

    I say splurge a bit on a pricier but better-made go-with-everything flat. Your tootsies (and back, and knees) will thank you, and they’ll probably last quite a while! Good luck on your shoe search! :)

  2. Kirstin permalink
    February 15, 2011

    i know these definitely “break the bank,” but i’m obsessed with these flats. OBSESSED!

  3. meghan permalink
    February 15, 2011

    So which brands are supposed to be comfy? Like Raquel I have high arches so most flats are impossible for me, but sometimes I can’t resist buying them since they’re cute. And then I end up wearing them once or twice and they sit in the closet in favor of my sneakers or boots… *sigh*

  4. Emily permalink
    February 16, 2011

    if you have wide feet, avoid the open-toe Old Navy flats. They really hurt at the widest part of your foot! I love the Modcloth ones!

  5. Melissa permalink
    February 16, 2011

    I love those ones from the Gap, but when I read the comments from people, quite a few said that while they are comfortable, they didn’t last very long before starting to come apart. I have had very good luck with Bandolino boots and flats…perhaps some shoe shopping this weekend??

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