Ask Belle: Flats with Flair
Jan 20, 2015
Hi Belle –
I have a slightly strange question for you. I work in the legislative process at the state level as a spokesperson and I frequently appear in the halls of the Capitol. I am experiencing a severe disc issue that is exasperated when I wear my beloved heels. Flats are not a part of my wardrobe, and I’m not jazzed about wearing them everyday. I purchased a pair of black, pointed-toe kitten pumps, but they are still throwing my spine out of alignment. I need an alternative. I’m not opposed to trying something with flair.
Any suggestions? M
I abandoned heels for flats after a few years on Capitol Hill. There came a point where chasing my Boss in his cowboy boots took its toll on my ankles. So while you may not like them as much as heels, if you choose the right flats, you may feel some affection for them yet.
Basics are the place to start. I like the B.P. Moveover flats for a place to start. They come in black, cognac, or nude. If you want to put money into a better pair, I recommend these Tory Burch flats.
Animal Print flats are a versatile addition to any wardrobe. Leopard is one of my favorite looks. These Steve Madden flats are a nice choice, I also like these Sole Society flats in an ivory and grey palette. These snakeskin flats from Joe’s Jeans are another great option. And if you want a printed flat that is a bit more subtle, these Lucky Brand flats in black with white speckles are a lovely.
Brightly Colored flats are a choice with pop. I like these coral flats from Via Spiga. These Ivanka Trump flats have a deep ruby hue. If you like cobalt, these B.P. flats are a good place to start. If you prefer just a hint of color, these blush d’Orsay flats from Target can be yours for just $7.
Metallic flats are probably the most versatile choice. These Corso Como flats are a lovely choice. For something with a bit more support, these Cole Haan flats come in both gunmetal and gold. The Nine West Speakup flats come in a myriad of colors and patterns, but the silver foil are my favorite.