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Why is it so hard to buy a pair of black flats?

Updated on February 2, 2012

The quest begins for a pair of black flats

I recently started working again, and I found myself needing a pair of black flats. I thought I had a pair, but apparently your feet get bigger once you have kids. (No one told me about this, so I'm telling you. You heard it here first. Sorry). Because I wanted them for what essentially was one outfit, I didn't want to spend a lot of money (read: under $100), but I also wanted them to be comfortable. I have to stand up and walk around a lot, and my back is creaky on a good day.

I am not a super stylish person, but I like to look put-together. I thought, how hard can it be? I see women in flats all the time.

Well, that was a silly thought. It was apparently, very very hard.

These black flats can be found here.

Clarks Loafers

Clarks are a great brand. I love them, and I would have loved this shoe, if it had come half a size shorter. I bought this from a store and then took it back because, even with socks, it was too loose.

What I loved about these, however, is how they look with a pair of wide legged pants. I thought the detailing on the top was cute, and there was just enough of a heel that my pants hit at the right length.

The down side was, obviously, the lack of the correct size. In addition, I had hoped to be able to multi-task, and use this new pair of shoes with leggings and skinny jeans as well. Loafers were not going to fit the bill there. So back they went.

Geox Flats

I purchased these Geox flats from Zappos, and sent them back the next day. One of my friends had suggested Geox as incredibly comfortable, and I'm sure they were, but the need to go up a whole extra size meant I couldn't find my correct size. I usually wear either a 9.5 or a 10 (I'm tall, okay?) and the largest size they had was a 10.5. And it was TOO small.

It's too bad. They were super cute. And I liked that they had some interesting detailing on the upper. And I definitely would have been able to wear them with leggings.

Dansko Clogs

Yes, it's true these are not particularly dressy, but I don't work in a particularly dressy environment. Comfort often wins out over style, and I'm often okay with that. However, for as comfortable as these are, I didn't think they would work with the dress pants I needed them for. I tried on the Solstice, but all these are incredibly comfortable.

And they were definitely not going to look good with my leggings. They were fun to try on, but at $120, too much for an impulse purchase.

Naturalizer Loafers

So I was back to the loafers, because all the ballerina flats had no support, weren't in my size, or were unnecessarily fancy. These Naturalizers were super comfy and easy to get on and off, but ... I just couldn't get past the upper being some sort of stretchy black material. Maybe this is cool now? It was not for me.

They were, however, very comfortable.

And the winner (finally!) is...

These Me Too black flats. I found these at a store at the mall, and the saleswoman was wearing them. She assured me they were comfortable, and, even though I know they want to sell shoes, I had to agree with her once I tried them on.

These fit all my criteria: I can wear them with my wide leg pants and my skinny jeans. They will even go with some other dress pants I hadn't thought about. They can be dressed up and down, and I could even wear them with a skirt (well, I could if I had a skirt to wear, but usually I stick to pants).

They also were comfortable right out of the box, which is so important to me these days. I'm not a 20 year old who can stand a "break-in" period anymore. They have to be comfortable from day one.

And, best of all? They were well within my $100 limit. These were the ones!

Um.... one more thing

While I was trying on the Me Toos, I happened to see these flats (in red) on a nearby table. I really didn't need a pair of red shoes. Who does? But I walked out with these too. I love them. They are so comfortable! And I wear a lot of fall colors that will look good with them, so I felt okay about it.

But don't tell my husband, okay? Shh!

Tell me in the comments below.

What are your favorite pair of black flats?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for some great leads. Black shoes tend to dominate in my wardrobe.