Readers, can you help me? I have no colorful flat shoes and I'm really struggling to find some good ones. Please help my feet find their own happy comfortable rainbow... Why must I choose between comfort and color?
I realized this while trying to put together outfits for Me Made May. I've got one pair of flats in black, and two in brown, and they're all pretty much falling apart and a bit on the chunky side.
Mostly because I have some pretty strict criteria for shoes. I once broke the same foot twice in one year (the first time while pulling on boots... I lost my balance, fell over onto my foot and CRACK!), and I used to have to wear orthotics every day. Anyway: Here's a typical conversation in a shoe shop:
Mikhaela: Hi, I'm looking for some cute, comfortable well-made sturdy flats with really good arch support that can be walked in for long distances but don't make my size 10/11 feet look like boats.
Helpful salesperson: [searches store up and down, finally emerges with several promising pairs of black and brown shoes] We have these, our customers swear by them!
Mikhaela: Do they come in any other colors?
Helpful salesperson: Nope.
Mikhaela: [sighs deeply, leaves shop empty-handed, buys boring black shoes or buys colorful heels instead].
Most ballet flat styles don't work for me at all—I find the flat inside way more uncomfortable than even a low heel.
Anyway, my mom got me a gift certificate to Amazon for Mother's Day, and I was hoping to punch up my wardrobe with some eye-searing (or at least vaguely colorful) shoes and I am really struggling here. Readers, can you help?
Here are my current top contenders, but I'd also love suggestions if there are some brands of shoes that might fill in this gap. BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE COLORFUL, please. Red, blue, or chartreuse would be especially nice... Vintage-inspired is good, too.:
- Pros: I know they are really, really comfortable... because I own them in black.
- Cons: On the pricey side, hard to say what shade of green they are (on some sites they look chartreuse, hurrah, but above they look puke-colored) and they are rather Frankenstein chunky.
- Pros: I trust Clarks to make comfortable shoes that I can wear into the ground over the years. And the flower detail is great.
- Cons: Come on, is that REALLY fuschia? Seems kinda bland from the website image... My eyes aren't bleeding yet. Skeptical of the arch support with such a flat heel.
- Pros: LOVE the color, and I have a pair of Miz Mooz heels that are on the walkable side.
- Cons: May be too flat inside, and some reviewers have returned them complaining of an unbearable odor.
- Pros: Super bright, super cute. AND Patagonia is serious about workers' rights and environmental responsibility.
- Cons: Some reviewers complain of poor support.
- Pros: Red! Comfortable? Less chunky than the Flowers?
- Cons: Still kinda boat-like... my feet may float out to sea, and not sure if they're delicate enough to wear with a frilly dress.
#6: Keen Women's Sienna Mary Janes in various colorful fabrics
- Pros: Colorful and presumably comfortable.
- Cons: I know they put that big toe there to protect your feet, but... why couldn't it be a coordinating color with the shoe fabric? It's like a rubber duck is eating your toes.
#7: Ahnu Karma Flats in various not-very-bright colors
- Pros: They look super comfortable and rather cute—I like the crossed straps.
- Cons: The colors are all a bit faded, dark or granola-earthy, not BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT.
- Pros: I'm seeing spots they're so bright. The ruching is cute, too! Plus: comfort?
- Cons: Or is it cute (the ruching)?
I know it probably seems like I'm over-agonizing, but I walk EVERYWHERE, I need to chase after my toddler when necessary and I take the wishes of my poor, delicate twice-broken feet very seriously! And I'm on a super-tight budget, so I generally buy only one or two pairs of shoes per year (as my old shoes wear out).
Which would you buy, if you were me? OR do you have the inside track on something better?
Update... and now I just found these two Clarks styles I missed somehow... And you all have some great ideas in the comments for brands I had never even heard of ... My despair has now turned to indecision!
Clarks Poem Journal Flats in red—great reviews, too.
Clarks Artisan Aldea in cobalt bue
Final Update: What I actually bought! So I may later get one or two of the other styles pictured above or in the comments, but what I actually ended up buying was a bit random. I was trying to decide between the different options, when these Tsubo Aftenia fashion sneaker Mary Janes popped up as a suggested item... in red! For just $69:
I happen to have the exact same shoes in brown, and know they are comfortable as all get-out. There was one pair left in red, and it was my size (10) so ... done! For now, anyway. Amazon only has black or brown ones now, but you can still find them on eBay.
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