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10th Commandment: May 30


Pelle Moda Brice Striped Cap-Toe Flat ($73)

We talk a lot about basics on this blog, but what about fun and whimsy and personality?  The way I see it, it’s my job to help women learn the basics so they can add other, more fun pieces to the mix.  And one of the easiest places to have a little more fun is with footwear.

Jaclyn Day and I are equally smitten with these striped flats with a red patent toe-cap.  They’re great for weekends wearing jeans or a breezy white dress.

Like flats?  How about a studded loafer?  Or a bright coral flat ballet slipper?  I also like these laser-cut flats in ashy-pink, these grey ankle-strap flats with peach accents are lovely and I love the Middle Eastern look of these graphic-printed flats.

Prefer shoes with height?  I love the tonal accents on these grey suede pumps.  This Ivanka Trump pump takes the basic “nude” pump and kicks it up a notch with great styling and accents.  And I love the mix of textures on these shoes, they’re perfect for summer weddings or cocktail parties.

But if you want a wide selection of unique, cool shoes at fiscally feasible prices, you want Zara.  I find the best shoes there.  Nearly every pair I own that people comment on are from Zara.  They’re online shoe shop is my little secret…well, not anymore.

I wore these crazy, printed, studded wedges on my birthday, and I love them.  They’re really a departure for me, and that’s what I like most about them.



  1. Christina says:

    Hi Belle (and everyone out there!)

    Awesome selection! I’ve always loved the Zara shoes you point out, but I was wondering if you could answer a quick question for me – any idea why they don’t carry a size 7? This has always been a mystery to me and I finally emailed them and simply got the response “we do not carry this size at this time.” Just thought I would ask! HAPPY THURSDAY.

    May 30, 2013/Reply
  2. Julie says:

    Totally agreed on Zara! I recently discovered their online shoe shop and was amazed. I don’t generally get into pretty much anything else they sell, but their shoes are super cute and reasonably priced (mostly).

    Style by Joules

    May 30, 2013/Reply
  3. AttiredAttorney says:

    I’d be curious if anyone has any hidden resources (beyond the usual zappos recs) for fun/cute shoes in sizes 11 or 12. I love these flats, but my feet are too big 🙁

    May 30, 2013/Reply
    • Valerie says:

      JCrew has some fun shoes in 11 and 12. They’re unfortunately not cheap, but well-made and the frequent sales on JCrew’s website bring them down a bit in price.

      May 30, 2013/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    I’m not normally a shoe girl — I grab a pair of ballet flats a season and call it good — but I am legit obsessed with d’orsay flats. Saw them on a random photo on a blog a month or two ago and could NOT stop thinking about them (but didn’t have any idea how to search for them… “pointy toe flats no sides” = nothing on Zappos!) Love these. So fun!

    May 30, 2013/Reply
  5. Jessica says:

    I actually bought your “birthday shoes” and absolutely love them. Love your taste 🙂

    May 31, 2013/Reply