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5 Ways to Shop for Fun Flats


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Gazing with the passion of a Carrie Bradshaw, I stood in awe of the platform.  These would be my first. Gorgeous Bruno Magli stilettos displayed on the floor of Neiman Marcus.  My first purchase of heels priced over $100… which for me in my late 20s was an investment.  But, these shoes were intoxicating.  Throughout my early career, I was seen in heels.  Composed of 98% women, the Dallas advertising agency where I worked was fierce in client competition and dress.

But, a stunning pair of heels on my feet just gave me the posture and confidence I needed to compete right alongside these success driven women.  A podiatrist told me this love of heels is what really killed my feet.  As aging progresses, there have been bunions, surgery, callouses, corns, and now hammer toes.  No more heels…such a bummer.

5 Ways to Shop for Fun Flats

However, shoe designers and fashion retailers in the last ten years have delivered big doses of hope.  Flats are in style in major ways and there are so many fun designs, my love of shoes has returned!   If you are like me, in need of flat inspiration, here are some ways to go and have fun with your style including a few key words to help with shopping:

  1. THINK SWAN LAKE. The wonderful women of Paris have taught all of us to love a great ballet flat.  They come in all styles and colors, and look great with pants, leggings, skirts, and even some casual dresses.   A confident, reliable look can easily be done with a knit legging, or ankle pant with a tunic or white blouse and ballet flats.  I particularly love my leather ones in black, bronze, gold, and brown.
  2. THINK MEN. The English Brogue is everywhere.  A beautiful menswear inspired shoe for women are comfortable and fun when there is a desire to mix things up a bit. For warmer weather, try them with boyfriend style of denim or khaki pants, a long white blouse, a jacket and a brogue.  This is a fun casual style many of you will love.   They also work great with a pencil skirt.
  3. THINK GYMNASTICS. From the streets of Paris to a typical suburb, sneakers are everywhere and worn with practically anything.  Just about any casual wardrobe choice goes, so be creative and enjoy the comfort.
  4. THINK SOUTHWEST. For spring and summer months, espadrilles and moccasins are fun vacation flats.  They can be found in all colors and prints.  I like them with denim skirts and walking shorts.
  5. THINK CHIC. Pointed toe flats are available in beautiful leathers, metallic, animal prints and neutrals.  No reason to stay home if heels cannot be worn.

Maybe we have a bunion here…or a hammer toe there…but great style is still within reach…do not despair.  Beautiful, comfortable shoes abound.  Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life started a group Pinterest board for inspiration.   Follow the board to keep the ideas coming.

Have a great week everyone…thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique for our weekly talk.

Has anyone purchased some fun flats lately…please share…where did you find them and what’s the style?


Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Barbara Hammond

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Being vertically challenged makes it hard to feel good about flats. That said, I haven't worn anything higher than 2" boots in quite some time. There are things we have to acquiesce to as we get older. I don't like it, but I wouldn't like to break a hip either. Thanks for the encouragement, though. b


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

I have donated every pair of flats I ever bought except one. I'm not sure what the problem is, I just don't like the way they look on me. I am aware that after (let's just say MANY) years of wearing heels, even on this very day, I am no doubt wrecking my feet. Bunions, yes. Have them. And I'm not happy about it. I guess I need to spend some hours in the shoe depts trying to find flats I like. This will be my new spring challenge. I have always felt they make my legs look short(er) and like the way my heels do the opposite. Even my brogues have heels! Maybe the pointy toe flats will change my mind, but I'm going to go out looking and trying on. I wear suits to work a lot and can't feature them with flats. Do 2" heels count!?


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Thanks for the mention Pam! I'm loving the pointed flats this year, they help make my legs look longer. Huge congrats on the Huff Post!! Yay, way to go and so well deserverd!


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Thanks Jennifer...I got so many ideas from the Pinterest glad you started it! And thanks for reading the Huff Post piece!

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