Flat Feet (In a Good Way)

April 3, 2014

Your spring walking shoes, sneakers notwithstanding

Say you work at a law firm, right? And you plan to wear sun dresses all summer because even though they’re technically not in line with the dress code, they’re not really out of line either, and you need comfortable shoes that will successfully allow you to oscillate between your office building and the nearby deli for iced coffee and fresh fruit and wonders like a bagel with tofu cream cheese smeared across it plus cucumber and tomato — shoes that are also presentable and preferably not Birkenstocks — so what do you wear, right?

And suppose you want to make sure that if you’re going to spend enough money to conceivably call the purchase an investment, you can wear the shoes on weekends with denim cut-offs that are not particularly law firm appropriate but are absolutely mandatory should you wish to continue subscribing to the school of thought which mandates that thing about good luck and denim diapers, or conversely, you should be able to wear them while naked because if the extremity of the summer is anything like the extremity of the winter was, it is going to get hot, hot, hot, so what are you to wear, right?

Finally, figure you plan to spend the greater portion of your hazy days writing run-on sentences but absolutely believe that you need a solid pair of flat to mid-heel shoes in order to enhance the experience — what in the good name of all that is leather soled are you to wear?

Right?

Stop wondering! Just stop right now! Here is a definitive list (fine, slideshow) of comfort shoes, which are similar to comfort foods minus the caloric content but plus your wallet’s weight loss, to get you so ready for the season that lay ahead, it might actually just…get here.

Shoe credits in slideshow above

  • Elyssa W

    AND NOW I WANT TO SHOP. thanks a lot.

  • natalie

    WHAT A PERFECT POST THANK YOU M.R.

  • egg.pt

    great references! tyvm!

    http://www.egg.pt

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    Ohhh, those Marc Jacobs sandals … a pity I don’t work at a law firm :-)

  • Amy

    Speaking of law firm, Leandra could you write a post on office appropriate clothing? Whenever magazine do this, they tend to forget that not all girls interested in fashion work at creative places like ad agencies, magazines or art galleries. Some of us have to stick to more confining and conservative dress codes at the law firms, banks, and other offices we work at. Sometimes I feel like the way you felt at a Jewish day school desperately trying to break free. Help us “real” girls out.

    • Leandra Medine

      Amy, are you allowed to wear shorts to work? I’m thinking culottoes because you know they are so de riguer and essentially moon light as a shin-length skirt

      • Amy

        Technically, no. But these could pass as pants/skirts. I’ll let other people scratch their heads trying to figure it out. You’re a genius and I think these two looks are professional and Man Repeller approved (I hope).

        http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/432515/Cedric_Charlier/matte-satin-wide-leg-pants

        http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/432978/Tamara_Mellon/silk-jumpsuit

        • Savannah

          Love those culottes! Good idea.

      • Guest

        Hi Amy!

        As someone who has worked as an attorney at a firm in NYC I can sympathize with your predicament. My solution was: accessories, accessories, accessories. For example, adding a statement necklace to a pants suit or wearing a pair of red heels. I definitely plan on addressing this topic in my blog as well, so keep an eye out for it in the future! Good luck!

        • http://www.yaelsteren.com/ yael steren

          hmmm..not sure why my comment just showed up as a guest, so let me try this again!

          Hi Amy!

          As someone who has worked as an attorney at a firm in NYC I can sympathize with your predicament. My solution was: accessories, accessories, accessories. For example, adding a statement necklace to a pants suit or wearing a pair of red heels. I definitely plan on addressing this topic in my blog as well, so keep an eye out for it in the future! Good luck!

  • lavieenliz

    gimmme shooeess!!!

    doing a giveaway on my blog!

    http://hashtagliz.com/2014/04/01/knotee-giveaway/

  • http://curvilyfashion.com/ Curvily NYC

    Way to narrate my life. Also, those Charlotte Olympia sunglasses cat flats are amazing.

  • monkeyshines
  • Kath

    4 sentences comprised the first 3 paragraphs of this piece. Leandra, I love ya but don’t shy away from periods!

    • Leandra Medine

      that was actually deliberate to support the third paragraph!

      • elise maiberger

        got that it was deliberate, great idea for a device, but it didn’t work and the reader got lost. as with fashion, sometimes too much is just too much. we love ya just the same.

  • pamb

    Oh Leandra, no lawyer is going to wear sundresses to the office. It IS against dress code. Sundresses usually come complete with spagetti straps and more casual fabrics; not going to fly. Sheath dresses, yes. Sundresses, gauzy hippie skirts, peasant blouses,no. Cute flats are cute, but don’t require sundresses to be worn.

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    It’s flats for me during the day, and heels when I go out…

    Mafalda ❤
    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot

  • Laura Mitchell

    I work at a law firm and I’m wearing a sundress right now! Definitely toeing the line. Feels so fun to be a rebel mid-week. I’m currently wearing blue embroidered Oscar mules (last year I bought the yellow ones and wore them to death). My other favorite flats at the moment are a bright pair of pointy-toed rockstuds. I wear so much black, buying expensive flats is my one fun fashion reprieve.

  • emmy

    love them all! especially the maroon ones with the buckle.

    check out my fashion blog – http://glamchowderfashion.wordpress.com

  • http://www.madelienerose.com Madeliene Rose

    Summer, winter, spring or autumn, flats are the way to go for me! Heels are just too restricting! http://www.madelienerose.com

  • The Provoker

    Have you been stalking outnet too? I saw those kirkwood shoes and are so sad/bummed they ran out of my size, as well as the blue suede cousin of said footwear, damnnnn…. but omg, how amaze-balls are zara’s flats? Dare I say, triumphed over their emulated céline brethren?

  • Saakshi Kaushik

    Oh Lea Lea…………………. cn v b frenz nw?

  • Shana G.

    Absolutely love this post. I believe you can still look glam in flats like heels.

    Xoxo…Shana
    http://www.theglamourlife.com

  • bong