Now in Theaters: Flats on a Plane

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.


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.


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.



  1. sherry @ save. spend. splurge. says:

    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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
    • 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.

      June 15, 2016/Reply
  3. SNP says:

    I bought these last summer. They’re not as delicate, but still comfortable, stylish and great for travel and sightseeing:
    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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  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.

    June 14, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The Vera’s with the bow? If you like them, good on you. But it’s a little funny to choose the shoe of old WASP ladies everywhere, and say these look old lady.

      June 14, 2016/Reply
      • SM says:

        They’re both a bit grandma but the ferragamo are at least iconic.

        June 14, 2016/Reply
        • Belle says:

          I accept that.

          June 14, 2016/Reply
      • Lucy says:


        June 16, 2016/Reply
        • Lynn says:

          A little. But also legit.

          June 16, 2016/Reply
  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).

    June 14, 2016/Reply
    • 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.

      June 15, 2016/Reply
  8. GRA says:

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

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  9. Amanda says:

    French Sole has a similar pair, sans scallops: v

    June 14, 2016/Reply
  10. KC says:

    I love these from MeToo, I have a pair of red patent which are my traveling shoes:

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  11. 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?

    June 15, 2016/Reply
    • 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!

      June 16, 2016/Reply
  12. c says:

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

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  13. 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.

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  14. Kristie says:

    Cute flats, they look comfy!

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  15. 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!

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  16. 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.

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  17. 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.

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  18. Lucy says:

    Check out the Sam Edelman Augusta flat…you can buy them on Amazon even ( and I have them in every color! They’re very comfortable.

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  19. 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

    June 15, 2016/Reply
  20. Jilly says:

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

    June 16, 2016/Reply
  21. Lauren T. says:

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

    June 16, 2016/Reply
  22. 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):

    Ciao Bella makes a pair with similar scalloping but different perforation which I bought in rose gold:

    June 19, 2016/Reply