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Structured Flats

Postby jennelled » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:17 pm

My office is casual - I could wear jeans and a tee with sneakers every day, but my style is a little dressier than that. I tend to wear business casual style clothes, just swapping out dress pants for dark or colored denim. Prior to this I always wore heels (with dress pants), but now I'm finding that heels are too dressy most days. I need some nice, structured flats I think? I've tried a few pairs from Target, but I feel like it's harder to get the right fit on flats. The cheaper ones I've tried have all felt too wide and floppy. :dontknow: I have a few pairs of more expensive flats, and those all run narrow, lol. My feet are pretty normal, but if I had to choose I'd say they are on the wide side. So it's weird that the flats I've tried were TOO wide!

I have a pair of leopard-ish round-toe ballet flats already. What other kinds of flats look dressy and will go with a lot? Should I try a pointed-toe flat? I'm 5'6" and wear a 7 1/2 so my feet aren't huge, but I always FEEL like they look enormous when I've tried pointed-toe flats in the past (although I love a pointed-toe heel). Help!
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Mary K » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 am

I bought pointed toe leopard print flats from Target last year and I love them. I wear an 8 and I don't feel they make my feet look huge, but they aren't quite as "pointy" as some.

These are the ones I got, but I paid $7 on clearance for them last year:
https://www.target.com/p/women-s-drew-pointed-toe-flats-merona-153/-/A-50801842#lnk=sametab&preselect=50734690
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby k.linn » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:38 am

Mary K wrote:I bought pointed toe leopard print flats from Target last year and I love them. I wear an 8 and I don't feel they make my feet look huge, but they aren't quite as "pointy" as some.

These are the ones I got, but I paid $7 on clearance for them last year:
https://www.target.com/p/women-s-drew-pointed-toe-flats-merona-153/-/A-50801842#lnk=sametab&preselect=50734690
I have these same ones and love them. I've also had good luck with Jessica Simpson (I get them from Von Maur but I think Dillards carries her shoes too?) and Sperry. They're not structured, but I have several friends who swear by Tieks (I just can't pony up the money to try them out myself yet).
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby neh0607 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:40 am

Anne Klein Sport is my go-to work shoe as I cannot wear heels for work. They hurt my feet too much. I find Anne Klein Sport to be super comfortable and they hold-up well. Here's some examples...

https://www.dsw.com/en/us/browse/anne+klein+sport/?No=0
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby jennelled » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:42 am

k.linn wrote:
Mary K wrote:I bought pointed toe leopard print flats from Target last year and I love them. I wear an 8 and I don't feel they make my feet look huge, but they aren't quite as "pointy" as some.

These are the ones I got, but I paid $7 on clearance for them last year:
https://www.target.com/p/women-s-drew-pointed-toe-flats-merona-153/-/A-50801842#lnk=sametab&preselect=50734690
I have these same ones and love them. I've also had good luck with Jessica Simpson (I get them from Von Maur but I think Dillards carries her shoes too?) and Sperry. They're not structured, but I have several friends who swear by Tieks (I just can't pony up the money to try them out myself yet).

I really like those, that's exactly what I think I'm looking for! The black and maroon suede options are so pretty...and of course out of stock online and at every Target around me. :roll: I'll check out Jessica Simpson, and poke around the Target website to see if maybe they have an updated version of the flats and that's why they aren't carrying them anymore.
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Jacoby2Seelen » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:49 pm

Every time I "accidentally" find me a pair of flats that I love, it happens to be from Gap. I don't know how I do it, but I see a color I love hanging on the wall, they are my size, and they are on clearance! ha It has happened to me at least 3 times now.
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Carrie » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:37 pm

Tieks ;)
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Carrie » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:43 pm

Carrie wrote:Tieks ;)

I don’t own any Lucky Emmies, but people rave about them.

My most frequently-worn flats are gray croc patent (Tieks), gold (cheapie brand), and my pointed toe leopard flats (Vionic). And I keep wanting a pair of camel flats but just haven’t bought any.

I might steer you away from pointy toe flats if you wore a 9 or larger at your height, but I think you’re totally fine.

Have you looked into loafers? I want a pair, so you should work on that ;)
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby durbaa » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:43 am

Carrie wrote:Tieks ;)


I wear flats just about every day. I want a pair of Tieks so bad, but just can't bring myself to do it yet. I think the big reason is every other pair that have elastic that I've tried, have not been comfortable. Does the elastic bother you at all?
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby jennelled » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:43 am

Carrie wrote:
Carrie wrote:Tieks ;)

I don’t own any Lucky Emmies, but people rave about them.

My most frequently-worn flats are gray croc patent (Tieks), gold (cheapie brand), and my pointed toe leopard flats (Vionic). And I keep wanting a pair of camel flats but just haven’t bought any.

I might steer you away from pointy toe flats if you wore a 9 or larger at your height, but I think you’re totally fine.

Have you looked into loafers? I want a pair, so you should work on that ;)

My mom has some Tieks, perhaps I'll borrow them to try out. I have no idea what color I'd want, though! The red patent looks fun, but I don't really wear red. :laughing: I also like the tortoiseshell, or copperhead...

My most worn pair are definitely my leopard-ish print (giraffe, maybe?) ballet flats. They're Tory Burch, but I bought them on a BST page and they don't have the medallion so they don't scream the brand. Love those things. I also have a pair of cognac TBs that are the classic style with medallion - but I wear those ALL THE TIME. Carrie, you need cognac flats!

I just bought a pair of J Crew seude pointed toe flats on a BST page yesterday. They're beige and I'm not sure it entirely works with my skin tone, but the style of shoe is exactly what I think I need. And they aren't crazy pointy like some of the current J Crew styles.

I keep seeing mules and loafers everywhere, and I just can't. I get that they're cool girl style (and I really do think a lot of women rock them!), but my style is sooooo feminine that I don't think I could pull it off. Unless they were a gorgeous, statement pair - like a deep burgundy velvet with embellishments, paired with black jeans and a black top? But then I couldn't wear them all the time, because they already made their statement. Ha ha!
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby jennelled » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:45 am

Has anyone tried Rothys? They're made out of recycled materials and machine washable! Or something like that. They're still stupid expensive, though.
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby LizAnn » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:45 am

Have you heard of Rothy's? They have great reviews online! I bought a pair and had to send them back because they weren't the right size, but several people in my office love them. I exchanged for a larger size, and now those are too big. I think I should have kept the smaller ones because it was right after I had Cheska and my feet were still a little swollen. So I am sending those back for the other size again... :dontknow:

They are made of recycled plastic, but feel like fabric. I was skeptical, but they are actually soft. You would never know they were made from plastic. You can machine wash them and they come in a ton of colors, and pointy or round toes.

They are a bit expensive, but people say they are worth it. Oh and there are $20 off referral links everywhere. I can send you one if you decide to order some!
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby LizAnn » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:45 am

jennelled wrote:Has anyone tried Rothys? They're made out of recycled materials and machine washable! Or something like that. They're still stupid expensive, though.


See above... :laughing:
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby jennelled » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:28 am

LizAnn wrote:
jennelled wrote:Has anyone tried Rothys? They're made out of recycled materials and machine washable! Or something like that. They're still stupid expensive, though.


See above... :laughing:

Ha ha ha! Yes, please send me your referral link!
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby LizAnn » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:45 am

jennelled wrote:
LizAnn wrote:
jennelled wrote:Has anyone tried Rothys? They're made out of recycled materials and machine washable! Or something like that. They're still stupid expensive, though.


See above... :laughing:

Ha ha ha! Yes, please send me your referral link!


Here it is in case anyone is interested! It should give you $20 off.

http://rothys.refr.cc/elizabethwarren
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby happeejen » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:18 pm

I love my Tieks, I got the matte black so I can wear them with most things. It did take them awhile to break in but once they did I love them. I ran into a small problem with the sole just last weekend and I emailed customer service and they are going to re-sole them for me - yay!
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby *K » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:58 am

My Tieks are comfortable but I wouldn’t say they are structured. I mainly wear Tory Burch everyday but I have a pair of pink loafers from ON which are so comfortable! Otherwise, my flats are from gap and target and I wear them for years.
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Carrie » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:29 pm

Jennelle— I think your feminine style actually works in your favor for mules/loafers, because the rest of your look balances out the shoes. JMHO :)
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby Carrie » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:30 pm

durbaa wrote:
Carrie wrote:Tieks ;)


I wear flats just about every day. I want a pair of Tieks so bad, but just can't bring myself to do it yet. I think the big reason is every other pair that have elastic that I've tried, have not been comfortable. Does the elastic bother you at all?

I have a pair of patents and a pair of mattes. The patents took much longer to break-in, and the elastic around the top did bug me for the first several wears (but now fine). I did not have the same issue with the mattes, which are overall just more comfortable straight out of the box.
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Re: Structured Flats

Postby durbaa » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:49 am

Carrie wrote:
durbaa wrote:
Carrie wrote:Tieks ;)


I wear flats just about every day. I want a pair of Tieks so bad, but just can't bring myself to do it yet. I think the big reason is every other pair that have elastic that I've tried, have not been comfortable. Does the elastic bother you at all?

I have a pair of patents and a pair of mattes. The patents took much longer to break-in, and the elastic around the top did bug me for the first several wears (but now fine). I did not have the same issue with the mattes, which are overall just more comfortable straight out of the box.


Awesome, thanks!
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