May 6, 2011

Be Sharp In Flats

Lately I've been answering style questions on twitter on a daily basis and plan to be available live on twitter on Sundays for any fashion questions you might have. I thought I'd round up the best ones once a week here on the blog. This week's dillema comes from Char, a blog friend, who wanted to know if there were any flats with support.

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It raises a good question, since the most uncomfortable shoes I own {besides an impossible towering unworn pair of Louboutins} are my Chanel flats. They have no arch support and they pinch my feet terribly. My $40 pair of flats from the Gap are one million times more comfortable, but again--no arch support.

My first thought was to suggest an arch support insert, but reading up on people who need arch support for their flats, I found that some complain that an insert crowds the toes. That said, Dr. Scholl's For Her Comfort inserts are a 3/4 size so that toes aren't crowded.

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I was still curious whether flats with arch support actually exist. As it turns out, they do. There's an entire niche industry catering to the many women who work on their feet all day and must have arch support. I found the Zappos site to be incredibly helpful {this is not a plug, but the actual truth} because they carry an entire section of flats with arch support and have many reviews. Some brands fared better than others, so depending how serious you are about arch support, check out all the reviews on the shoes you're interested in. Quick aside: price has nothing to do with arch support and padded soles! Some of the best prices can be found for shoes that are actually good for your feet! Below is a round-up of flats that claim to have built-in arch support.

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Center image: Gabor Gabor $195; Annie Cybil Cork/Yellow Patent $50; Naturalizer Cacy Nickel Alloy Metallic Smoke Leather/Suede $69; Naturalizer Mystic Mocha Taupe Leather $75; LifeStride Antic Teal $59; Vaneli Serene Vaneli, $100; Naturalizer Potion Black Perfed Leather $69.

For more style Q&A, please check out the links on the right index. I started this series 4 years ago but trailed off after a couple of years thinking I'd addressed the basics. What I've found is that people still call, email, and tweet me with simple style questions. The most stylish people I know understand the basics of style and bend the rules with panache. The problem is there's so much panache in the media that the basics often get lost or confused. If you have a style question and want a live answer on Sunday, just tweet me @trustyourstyle using the hashtag #stylequestion.

Wishing you a very wonderful and stylish weekend!
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27 comments :

Cafe Fashionista said...

I LOVE the neutral toned flats (and the second photograph!). I am absolutely obsessed with nude-toned shoes at the moment - they make up most of my shoe collection! :P

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous flats!
Love the aqua ones!

xoxox,
CC

Char said...

I will have to get the nude tones. love the work you put into this I have the brown ones in this blog - isn't that funny? I just wish the designers could marry style and substance a bit more. :)

PEACHES said...

Isn't it strange how wearing flats can wear on your feet? After a day or two I feel the need to switch to something more substantial. Flip-flops are the worst. They are still THE BEST THING EVER, but still, the worst for your feet!
Great round up. I love the yellow corky ones!

Tabitha said...

Great finds! I'll never buy Lanvin flats again, they come up too high on the back of the heel and rip my heels to shreds.

Malinda said...

MJ - I thought it was just me and my wimpy feet! I love flats but they KILL my feet - no arch support + not enough sole to keep my heavy steps from bruising my heels. Tahnks so much for posting this!!

classiq said...

That is a good question and thank you for your tips, Mary Jo. I have the same problem with my flats, I have some pairs which are pretty comfortable, but if I stand for many hours my feet start to hurt terribly. Gabor is a very good brand, I have some very comfortable heels. Love the Chanel style ones. Have a fabulous weekend! xo Ada

Jen said...

Do your chanel flats hurt in the back? I've tried a few pairs on with the elastic in the back but they just hurt my feet to much. Just wish they weren't so dang cute! ;-)

the nyanzi report said...

this is such great style advice.

Alexa said...

First of all of love flats...and I love all of the above ones! Super cute!
Alexa
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L said...

I recently bought some Born (adele) flats that have slight arch support and are very comfortable. I can actually take the original insole out and put my perscription orthotics in them too!

Nesie said...

Soo true! I walk 3-5 miles a day so my flats have to be comfy. I have found Vera Wang Lavendar Label flats to be really good. They were so good I wore a hole in them within 3 months because I never took them off! I also am a fan of the Gap City flats. My one problem with them is I bought a black pair, got caught in a rainstorm wearing them, and they dyed my feet pruple! Still for being cheap they are comfy.

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Punctuation Mark said...

i love this tip... i dont wear many flats because of that reason... they should be more confortable but somehow they are not... have a nice one!

Claire said...

Mary Jo, this is fabulous! thanks for this. and greatly appreciate that you're available for questions! especially love those cork and yellow flats. so cute!

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Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I think I tend to live in either sneakers or flats. I'm really glad there are some out there with arch support. I'll definitely be checking these out. Thank you so much, Mary Jo! You're such a style guru.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Seeing all of these fabulous flats, makes me wish that I was taller. I live in heels. However these are way too cute I might just have to get a pair! Thanks for sharing - I am your newest follower.

xo

Whimsy Being said...

this is so helpful for me! i neeeed arch support in my job, but also want shoes with style. i'm happy to know that they exist and want to invest in a new pair of arch support flats! hope your weekend is off to a great start, mary jo!

Anonymous said...

PLease let me know what brand the dark brown ones are. I HAVE to get them!! Thanks!

Paula

Kristin said...

Those peep toes are adorable!

Sarah Klassen said...

Hello Mary Jo,

Hope you are having a lovely week! No doubt it is a lot warmer and sunnier out where you live -- right now we've had a bout of rain -- I cannot wait for days upon days of nice weather... as for your post, I really enjoy this new series that you have begun and look forward to your Sunday tweets. I might have a few questions myself to ask :)

xoxo,
Sarah

quintessence said...

I am definitely going to check out those adorable Naturalizer Chanel-esque flats!! I have this exact problem with flats - need arch support. And in general I find a little bit of a heel more comfortable for my back than complete flats - also more flattering in lengthening the leg!

design elements said...

such a wonderful advice, Mary Jo! Love these flats. hope your weekend was sunny and relaxing. off to start a great new week! many hugs to you

Lee Oliveira said...

Those flats are beautiful..
Great colours
lee x

Little Rus said...

Personally I am still getting used to flats because I lived my life in heels mosst of the time. As far as the comfort goes, you can always try Ferragamo ballerinas or more budget friendly Apepazza ones. Both are what I call orthopedic when it comes to comfort, but very beautiful from the outside, so a girl will always feel like dancing. :)

Callie Grayson said...

I adore flats!
but sometimes I need to wear a sexy heal.
xx
callie

Laura said...

As per usual I fell instantly for the most expensive option, the yellow cork ones...
Lovely post, Mary Jo!

 
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