For seasons upon seasons, the fashion industry seemed to feel, collectively, that the only way to look polished was to wear heels, and high heels at that. Stilettos served as a badge of honor, a sign that a woman cared more about looking good than being comfortable, a word that’s often conflated with “slovenly” in style circles. Flats, for a time, were forbidden. Read More…

I’m having a complete love affair with these Chiara Ferragni flats. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Ferrangi’s the blogger behind The Blonde Salad. These flats are definitely kitschy and irreverent, but a lot of shoe lovers will be susceptible to their charms.

The literal element on these Chiara Ferrgani flats is on the vamp of each loafer. Because girly objects like lipstick, nail polish and (my favorite) a flirty winking eye, are set on top of a simple shape instead of incorporated to the structure of the shoe, this is what gives these flats a a hint of sophistication that other kitchy shoes (I’m sure we all remember the Charlotte Olympia soda bottle heel) sometimes lack. Read More…

Where I’m from, boat shoes are all-weather, all-season staples. The preppy ideal lives on in the American South, and when you combine that with mild winters, I’ve known plenty of people, both men and women who never send their Sperrys to the back of their closets to rest. Some of those people may or may not be blood relatives of mine. Read More…

[Editor's Note: As we do over at PurseBlog, we're going to be bringing you a periodic edits of the biggest shoe trends at prices that won't break the bank. Up first in 5 Under $500, the best d'Orsay flats.] Read More…

Whether you love or hate flats, one thing is for sure: pointed-toe flats are going to be making their mark this spring. Even die-hard stiletto wearers may have a change of heart when they see the relaxed yet urbane allure of these polished, comfortable shoes.

We showed you that it was perfected acceptable to wear flats to all your holiday parties, and just like you can wear flats with your party dresses, you can wear them with a flared sundresses or sleek wrap. Read More…

It seems like everyone in fashion loves the d’Orsay Jenni Kayne flats, and all in good reason. A few weeks back, we saw Jessica Alba wearing a pair while out to eat in LA, and she’s far from the brand’s only fan. This week alone I’ve seen blogger BryanBoy and co-founder of Who What Wear, Katherine Power, snap photos on Instagram of their beloved d’Orsay flats. Read More…

Holiday parties present a whole host of problems, landmines and potential etiquette breaches, and we can’t pretend to solve all of them for you. What we can do, though, is make picking party shoes a little bit easier. Bea already toured you through a whole host of fancy, sparkly options, but being the resident flats aficionado, I thought it my duty to remind everyone that you don’t have to kill yourself in the name of glamour. Read More…

I am, admittedly, not a sequin girl. In the TalkShoes offices, as you might imagine, Katherine takes that title. What I am, though, is someone who appreciate ultra-modern finishing, particularly when applied to a traditional shoe or when coming from a traditional brand, and that’s why I’m really into the Gucci Ali Sequin Ballet Flats.

Ballet flats aren’t the non-heel shoe of choice in fashion at the moment (although, come to think of it, the simple ballerina is probably due for an ultra-chic revival any minute now) and have never been my personal favorite, so the combination of the shape and sequins should put me off in this situation. Read More…

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