Yesterday, we were discussing stylish flats for work, and I mentioned that I don’t like to commute in my work flats. Sometimes I will, if they’re patent leather or if it’s recess, but I have two pair of nice work flats (one Isaac Mizrahi and one J.Crew) that I don’t want to age before their time. So I will typically buy a pair of flats just for walking the neighborhood, commuting and running errands, so that I don’t trash my fancy flats.
I used to wear Steve Madden Koobbaa flats in matte gold, but he discontinued them. I like metallic commuter flats because they go with anything, so when I saw this pair on sale at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly, I thought I’d give them a try.
Typically, I would shy away from anything Born. (After all, they make some of the most clunky, chunky, cringe-worthy shoes I have ever seen.) However, I like this pair quite a bit. They’re not the most stylish shoe known to man, but they are certainly chic enough for my commute. They are also padded, which I enjoy. And they’re not too clunky at all.
My one complaint is the ridiculous flower print on the bottom, but I just keep my feet flat on the floor and pretend it’s not there.
I think the best commuter flats are either flesh-toned or metallic so that they can be worn with whatever you’re wearing. They need to be sleek enough that they could pass for “real” shoes–this is where Toms, Keds, flip-flops and the like fail me. And they need to be well-made enough to be comfortable but inexpensive enough that you can pitch them if they wear out or are ruined in a torrential downpour.
P.S. These shoes ran a bit big. Not a full size, not even a half size, but enough that I needed to buy heel inserts to keep them on. Hopefully, they won’t stretch too much and become unwearable.