Now in Theaters: Flats on a Plane

Jun 14, 2016

Last night, I was sitting through hour 12 of my 15 hour traveling ordeal when I noticed a spicy, stylish AARP-aged lady in front of me with the greatest shoes ever.  Here is a faithful transcript of our conversation.

Belle: Ma’am, where did you get those flats?  They are divine.

Lady: Saks.

stops, pauses, looks at my shamefully beat-up DvF flats, which I commute in…

Lady: (whispering) They were kind of expensive.

Belle: (seeing the scalloped edges) Oh, so they’re Chloe.

Lady: (mildly impressed, as if I have just redeemed myself in some way, then like she’s congratulating a vexious Malti-Poo) Good girl.

You win some, you lose some.  These are the shoes I’m talking about.

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Chloe Perforated Leather Ballerina Flats ($595)

I really love them.  And they look like they would go with my entire wardrobe.  But $595 is a lot to spend on shoes.  On a cost per wear theory, by the end of the year the $595 would probably come out to $2.5o per wear.  But still not cheap.

I may order them, see if they’re comfortable or if they’re stiff and blister-inducing.  If they don’t work out, then I can just send them back.

I did find them on a mild discount on FarFetch, but $416 isn’t exactly comforting.  For something similar in a lower price point, I found these.

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Neiman Marcus Selena Flat in Cork ($119)

The style is similar, but the cork isn’t as versatile.  They would be a good summer shoe though.  I also found these $69 perforated Naturalizer shoes that looked promising.  And for a total cheapie, these NY & Co. perforated flats for $15.

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  1. I’ve been eying Chloe flats for years but with the way I abuse my flats, I cannot justify more than $200 on a pair. I’ve burned through so many…… Cost per wear doesn’t exist in the world of flats for me unfortunately.

  2. Molly says:

    I have a pair of JCrew pink perforated flats from a couple years ago that are great after breaking in — i see some available on ebay under “jcrew perforated flats”. Looks like most are in the Nora or Cleo style.

    • SSC says:

      Do those run true to size? I’ve seen a few pairs on Poshmark and ebay but I know J.Crew shoes can run small so I’ve been reluctant.

  3. SNP says:

    I bought these last summer. They’re not as delicate, but still comfortable, stylish and great for travel and sightseeing: https://www.barneys.com/loeffler-randall-cap-toe-mara-espadrilles-503794330.html
    I had to take them to a cobbler after a couple months to get the sole re-attached, but I love them so much. I might buy another pair just in case.

  4. Jo says:

    I have done this type of negotiation when I really want something too but as someone else commented- I don’t think flats are worth extra money because I commute in them and they fade fast.

  5. Michelle says:

    Call your Nordstrom Rack stores!! I just tried them on in black at the Rack, for I think $250. The leather was super soft and flexible- really comfy, but ran a bit small like most designer shoes.

  6. SM says:

    Maybe it’s just me but they look a bit old lady to me. for that price, I’d rather buy the ferragamo flats.

  7. RMR says:

    I want them so bad. They look awesome. My last foray into expensive flats did not end as well as I’d hoped though (AGL).

    • PSP says:

      I also had a terrible, terrible AGL shoe experience which has turned me off from expensive shoes forever. $350 flats quite literally fell apart after only a few months. I’m admitedly rough on my feet and work/walk in Manhattan.

  8. GRA says:

    The cheaper pair look … cheap. I’d go with the Chloe, which are, for sure, divine.

  9. Amanda says:

    French Sole has a similar pair, sans scallops: vhttps://www.amazon.com/French-Sole-FS-NY-League/dp/B00GFLFKT4/ref=pd_sim_309_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41KvU%2Bpo2lL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR320%2C320_&refRID=0GG8MDW4H2X432KG93AZ

  10. m says:

    My mother in law wears chloe flats exclusively- she loves them for her wide, low feet. My feet are somewhat “taller” and they just aren’t comfortable on me.

    Anyone have experience with the neiman marcus house brand shoes?

    • DSmith says:

      I don’t have any experience with their flats, but I bought a pair of Neiman Marcus brand suede pumps about 2 years ago and they remain the most horrible shoes I’ve ever wasted money on. The suede fell apart within 2 wears and they caused a few oddly placed blisters on my feet. Though I loved the basic style (hence my purchase), I was not pleased with the quality of materials or the ergonomic design of the shoes. Hopefully they have improved by now, but I for one will not be taking a chance on any more NM brand shoes!

  11. c says:

    My god, those look uncomfortable. I’d rather wear 4-inch heels, personally.

  12. Sarah says:

    Ha! Love the conversation you had. I can’t imagine spending that much on a pair of flats though, or any shoe really.

  13. Lauren says:

    I love your conversation! When I was growing up, my mom would always compliment strangers and ask them about different clothing or items they had. I always got so embarrassed by it- and now, if I see something I love, I usually do the same.

    It can be so fun to compliment a stranger on something, even if it’s shoes – I bet you made her day!

    I couldn’t possibly afford that type of shoe, but love and appreciate a great flat. I used to wear heels constantly- now, at 33, I’m almost exclusively flats!

  14. Helena says:

    The Chloe flats feel as good as they look. I have 2 pairs, walk a lot and it amazes me that such soft, buttery leather is so sturdy as well.

  15. Anna says:

    No idea about the comfort level, but I actually like the cork ones even more than the Chloe. Perforated has always seemed weird to me on shoes.

  16. Lucy says:

    Check out the Sam Edelman Augusta flat…you can buy them on Amazon even (https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Edelman-Womens-Augusta-Ballet/dp/B00QWOTG1W) and I have them in every color! They’re very comfortable.

  17. Pam says:

    I have these nude perforated flats from Franco Sarto. Very comfortable and look sharp! I’m about to buy them in black too. Very similar to the Chloe

    https://www.dsw.com/shoe/franco+sarto+hakira+flat?prodId=dsw12prod8060067

  18. Jilly says:

    Can’t help but picture Meryl Streep from The Devil Wears Prada.

  19. Lauren T. says:

    The Naturalizers look great for the price and they look pretty comfy. Thanks for the recommendations!

  20. CB says:

    I similarly fell in love with those shoes. In the end I couldn’t bear to pay the Chloe price but found two comparable pairs.

    First, French Sole has a shoe with very similar perforation but no scalloping (Gilt had them a while back): https://www.frenchsoleshoes.com/flats/league.html

    Ciao Bella makes a pair with similar scalloping but different perforation which I bought in rose gold:
    https://www.dsw.com/shoe/ciao+bella+fanny+ballet+flat?prodId=327372

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