My best friend Jenna wanted to get a new pair of flats with elastics to avoid the funny but noisy sound when her flats stretches out too much and slip off from her heels.
I told her that I am not a fan of flats with elastics as I haven’t had nice experiences with this kind of shoes for the following reasons: First,flats with elastics tends to dig into my Achilles tendon and is somehow painful, second, flats with elastics tends to curb my toes up and third, honestly I am the kind of guy that loves to take off his flats very often under the desk in the office or under the table during lunch time to stretch out my toes, relax my feet out of my shoes and to air them (and I think many ladies love to do it too 😉
I had the experience with the famous brand Tieks. This is the only pic that I took of my Tieks in black matte color
Pros: They have a huge variety of beautiful colors, the flats looks really cute on my feet, the quality of the upper leather is really good, the elastics in the back of the shoe didn’t hurt me or cause me any blister as it is padded, insoles are really soft
Cons: They are very expensive range of price US$ 200-300 a pair !! I got mine with a discount coupon. I didn’t keep them because these flats tended to close like a clam on my feet so they were quite painful to wear and gave them to my cousin Sandy as we wear same shoe size.Other thing that I didn’t like was the fact that you cannot try them in a store so it’s a risky business and if you live in Canada you must pay the return.
Here are some of my flats with elastics that I found really comfy, cute and that they don’t hurt my feet
Vince Camuto Ellen flats
Pros: Price still affordable CAN$ 80, good quality leather in uppers and insoles, they feel like slippers, not blisters in heel or toe area, heel cups didn’t dig into my heel, my feet breathes great even in hot summer days.Easy to slip on/off 😉
This is how they look on my feet
and here I am enjoying this flatsies
Cons: They are comfy if you wear them at the office or for short errands, but they lack of arch support and padding in the toe area so if you plan to walk a lot, place a thin Jelly insole to add confort.
Lanvin ballet flats
Pros: Really good quality ballerinas, hidden heel make them great for long walkings, the soft leather of the uppers and at the insole makes them super comfy, my feet breathes great on them , the elastics doesn’t hurt my feet or rub, I can wear them during 10h without problems (sorry the insoles are quite dirty as I wear them very often in my office or for long walkings and shopping, but as the insoles are made or real padded leather then they are not smelly wohooo!!)
And this is how they look on my feet
And this is the way I love to wear them for casual Fridays at the office
Cons: If you buy them at the Lanvin boutique or Holt Renfrew they are very, very expensive , almost $ 490 a pair !! I got mine at a consignation store for only $ 75 a great deal, isn’t it? The soles worn out quite quickly and these flats runs very small, I usually wear women shoe size 9.5 or 10 or its equivalent in European size 40 but with this flats I had to got a size 42 !! They don’t slip off easily from your feet
Michael Kors City Ballet
Pros: They are really cute ! I love the bows in the toe area !! They are like bedroom slippers, very comfy and quite padded insoles, great for working few hours in them. they resist water spills and are good for swapping heels to flats in the evening. Price is still affordable CAN $ 100. As I a small frame guy I dare to wear them with capris a mix of man-women fashion together :
Cons: Heel cups tended to dig into my right feet, I had to place cushioned heel grips in that shoe, they lack of arch support and if you plan to walk a lot you will feel tired after wearing this flats .Insoles become smelly as they are made of fabrics
Hush Puppies Chelsea flats
Pros: Soft real leather in the uppers, the insoles are padded and absorb moisture and they dont get really smelly, they have a little bit of arch support, soles are made of non slippery rubber , looks great for any occasion, casual and dressy, good for 6-8h standing in your job. Affordable price $ 60, perfect as unisex flats.
I love this flats look on my feet, very shiny cute flats :
And this is how I wear them
Cons: Heel cups digged into my poor heels I needed to place heel cushioned grips; this flats need some break in period.
Last pair of flats with elastics that I found quite comfy are from Le Chatêau , the collection is called Reflex and they are made of real leather uppers and insole, so my feet is breathing happily, they have a hidden heel so they are comfortable for long walking and standing 6-8h in my job, they have a cute elegant detail on the top and they are affordable around CAN $ 65 a pair
I have in 3 colors, Black, camel and tan, and this is how they look on my feet (I love the color camel as they match great with my skin color, people often thinks that I am walking barefeet haha)
I also dare to wear them with capris and a nice beige sweater, well for me clothes doesn’t have gender they are only objects and people assigns them the gender according their culuture and believes
By the way the flats, my feet and the floor match great hard to distinguish the shoes from the floor hahaha.This flats holds your feet perfectly 😉
Cons: after 8h my feet is swollen and the elastics around the heel tends to cut a little bit, and the toes area could hurt a little , the soles are somehow slippery in wet floor
And this are my suggestions for flats with elastics that do not hurt a lot and still comfy and look great any time.In the next post I show you my Tory Burch flats collection !
Have a good day !!