Nine times out of ten, I wear flats. No matter the season or weather, no matter how formal or casual, I feel the most comfortable and most myself in a kicky pair of flats. Ever since high school, I’ve been growing my collection. It all started with a pair of gold Steve Madden flats. I wore them until I was walking on the sidewalk instead of the soles, and then replaced them with another gold pair, this time from Payless. They held up for a surprisingly long time, but did eventually give out as well. I bought a purple T-strap pair and a silver pointy pair from Target, both of which I still own and wear. Then there was the patent leather, pointed black pair I wore to speech tournaments.
In college, I gained a nude pair, a floral T-strap pair, a glitter pair, and a pair of coral ballet flats with little bows on the front. I replaced the nude ones with an exact replica, and have since worn those down too. I also have a pair of leopard loafers, a black ankle-strap pair, and my beloved slats that have joined the collection in recent years.
I’ve been especially hard on my flats as of late, and know I need to replace at least my black, nude, and coral pairs. I can’t help but look though, as I shop, at flats in electric blue and animal print, with big bows and d’Orsay shapes. Here are a few pairs I’m lusting over at the moment.