Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stylish and Comfortable Flats

I seriously injured my right ankle when I was 16 and despite a lengthy and complicated surgery, the ankle has never been the same. I probably also didn’t help matters when I went skiing four months after the surgery and insisted it was “fine.” My surgeon had said I would know when I could ski again. Let’s just say my judgement wasn’t all that great at 16!

So all my life, I had to wear mainly flats. I can sometimes get away with a wedge or a block heel, but only for short amounts of time. Saying that I have serious shoe envy when I see fabulous heels would be an understatement. BUT, flats can be stylish in their own way, and I have learned to live in flats.

Flat Shoes can be Stylish

Here is a collection of my current favorite flats. I haven’t worn the brown ones since last fall and am looking forward to wearing them again soon.

Flat Shoes 1
Flat Shoes 2

Because it’s not that easy to find flats I like, I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for stylish and comfortable flats (flats - stylish or not - are not automatically comfortable of course!). I just ordered some pale gold flats from Banana Republic. They are on sale and an additional 40% off. The sale price came out to less than $30, and I was able to apply my $15 birthday coupon AND a $10 off coupon. I read online that they are running small, so I went 1/2 size up. Fingers crossed that they are comfortable and fit!

Flat Shoes for Fall


Here are some flats that I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection:

Questions: Do you wear heels or flats? If both, which ones do you prefer? What are your current favorite shoes?

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.

Be well,
Andrea

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44 comments:

  1. I’m stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things Link Party. Agree with you about style and comfort.Thanks for providing this post that I'll pin. Stop by my blog, www.colors4health.com for tips about colors and health. Have a fun weekend. Nancy Andres

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy! Looking forward to checking out your blog!

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  2. You have a great selection of flat shoes!

    Mary

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  3. I wear both but at my age definitely prefer flats over heels and mainly wear flats to work. You'll love those lake gold ones from BR! Super cute!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I'm really looking forward to them!

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  4. You'll laugh Andrea because I literally have like 8 pairs of shoes - and three of those are gym shoes and two pair are flip flops! :D

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    1. Yup, it's all a matter of perspective, right!?

      I actually don't own that many pairs of shoes compared to many... But definitely more than you! :-) I also find that ballerina or pointy toe flats have to be replaced every couple seasons as they get worn out easier than other shoes (especially since I wear them all on a regular basis), so I'm always on the lookout. But usually when I buy a new pair, an old one has to leave the house... :-)

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  5. You have a great collection of flats! :) I think we are really lucky, there are so many stylish flats around now :)

    I used to have mainly heels in my show collection until a knee injury - now I have just a handful of heels and the rest are practical and comfortable flats :)


    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! And, yes, it's great that there are so many stylish flats available these days.

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  6. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I'm not a big fan of flats, but if I wear flats they must be pointy toe like yours.

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    1. Yes, I definitely prefer pointy toe flats... :-)

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  7. I do have a lot of flats than heels, I find it so comfortable. Less worry from tripping too :D

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  8. I have a few pairs of wedges but 75% of the time I'm wearing flats. You have such a cute collection!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  9. You have a great collection of flats, Andrea. =) I love the red, plaid and silver ones.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Ada! Those are my favorites, too! They definitely make a statement! :-)

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  10. Great Post, love the black and white ones:)

    xoxo

    Priscilla

    BEAUTYNATURE

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    1. Thanks! They are Adam Lippes for Target. They didn't have my size in the store, and I almost didn't order them online. But I'm so glad I did! :-)

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  11. You have such a cute collection of flats, I love the windowpane ones in b/w. I have mostly flats! I am 5'7, so I just don't really want to be any taller. I do wear heels from time to time, though!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  12. Well that is a serious injury! Could you do sports during it life? Or did your ankle hurt then also? I don't wear heels because of my lungs, it is to exhausting to walk on them, only if I have to go somewhere by wheelchair I wear heels. But block heels are great to walk on! Enjoy your weekend Andrea!

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    1. I've learned to live with the ankle. When I was younger I tried to "force" the ankle to hold up (I even took pain killers - a big no-no!), but now I have learned to listen to it. I know for example that I can't run (I ALWAYS end up injuring the ankle), and I can't walk much more than 12,000 steps per day for many days in a row without it hurting. But I can do a longer hike once in a while if I give it enough rest before and after.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Nancy!

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  13. :-) I'm so happy to find somebody who likes to wear flats just as much as I do.
    I tore every possible ligament in my feet, the doctor told me. Happened over the years.
    They want to do surgery on me. I don't. I can walk perfectly. But not in high heels.
    So it's flats for me. And only heels every now and then for a blog photo.
    Nice selection of shoes and I'm curious about your new BananaRepublic pair.
    Came via Nicole's link-up here.
    Have a very HAPPY weekend and greetings from Vienna :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from Vienna!

      Thankfully, there are more options with torn ligaments, etc. these days. 30 years ago when I injured mine, surgery was the only option given. These days there seem to be more doctors who recommend alternative treatments.

      As long as you can walk (and don't cause more damage), I think it's very smart to stay away from surgery!

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  14. How frustrating that it never went back to normal! Luckily flats are super cute and always in style! Love those windowpane ones especially!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea! Yes, it is annoying, but I am very thankful for the comfortable and stylish flats that are available now!

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  15. I only wore flats while in dental school (there was way too much walking involved through the clinic and such), and I think there are fabulous options out there!
    Hopefully your new ones will be just as fantastic as the ones in your collection (because that's the greatest deal)!
    And good for you for not giving up and reverting to ugly shoes!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. You own the coolest shoes, Jodie! Luckily there are many cute options for flats now, but it's still not the same as fabulous heels... And, yes, I try very hard not to wear ugly shoes... :-)

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  16. Truly great flats collection. I love the grid pattern ones. I am always looking for fun flats to add to my collection.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! I love the black/white ones, too!

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  17. I wear flats almost everyday for work. I couldn't imagine teaching in high heels, although I love to wear them on the weekends! Love the selection featured in this post!

    -Katie

    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I couldn't imagine teaching in heels either (even though it's not really an option...)...

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  18. Very nice collection! I love flats and have a collection too as you know. I really like the silver lace up and red flats, they all look great.
    Thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess! The silver and the red ones are great because they stand out I think! :-)

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  19. Andrea there is no reason to sacrifice style for comfort. I love all your flat shoes. The red ones are particularly appealing. I used to wear heels when I was younger but after 4 kids and more than a few pounds I am not happy wearing them anymore. I love my flats and wouldn't give them up for anything. I am at an age where comfort trumps tall hells. My husband is a head taller than me too but I don't care... haha!

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    1. Yes, I think it's nice that there are now many cute options when it comes to flat shoes. And, more importantly, many comfortable options...

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  20. You have an enviable collection of flats and the ones on order from BR sound fabulous. Flats typically do not fit my foot well and overall, I don't find them to be very comfortable. My preference is for at least a 3/4" heel and I can be comfortable all day with a 2" heel. Thanks for sharing your collection of flats on my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. It's so interesting what shoes are comfortable for different feet! I actually think a slight heel is more comfortable for my feet, too, but my ankle is so unstable that most heels don't work. I have some sandals with a heel that have a very sturdy ankle strap (and block-like heel) and they work well for a few hours. But then the ankle usually had enough...

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  21. I also broke my ankle, but for me there isn't enough support in a flat shoe, I need a slight heel, 2 inches or so, and a crepe heel really helps to cushion my walk. I love the look of flats though, the ones you own are really cool, love the colors and patterns.

    Of course I had to click through and check out the shoes you have on your wish list, the London Rebel shoes are adorable, both of them, but really love the look of the strappy red flat. And their prices are really pleasant too! Thanks for sharing the links!

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    1. Yes, a slight heel can be more comfortable, but unless there is a lot of ankle support, my foot can't handle it. And after re-injuring it several times over the years, I don't want to take any chances...

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  22. I hope you like your new gold flats! I also like a great flat. Thanks for adding your style flair to the My Refined Style Linkup!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Thanks, Shellie! The pale gold ones are very nice! :-)

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