Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shoes Clues: 6 Comfy, Flat, City Chic Sandals for less than $100


A reader recently emailed: “I need your help. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: comfy flats (I walk a lot) that play well with maxi dresses. Sandal-esque (open-toed at the very least) but not too close to the ground (don't want to get street grime all over my tootsies). I need it to be under $100 and black, tan, brown or some crazy color like hot pink.”

Didn’t sound like an impossible mission to me, and I figured there are others out there in the same quandry, so I did some sole searching. I kept in mind that a cute flat for someone who walks a lot should have a bit of support. Here are my picks:


Miz Mooz Panthea Sandal from  $99.00



Kelly green has been a pretty hot color this season, and this versatile sandal will work well with maxi dresses, midi dresses and minis. It has a low wedge to absorb a bit of long-walk shock and a lightly cushioned footbed. Also, when trying to avoid street grime, a sandal with an actual back is a good idea.


Nine West Briteside T-Strap Sandal from $67.99


Nine West Briteside Flat Snakeskin Sandal


Snake print are a good way to go neutral with a bit of pizazz, and the T-trap is a hit this season. This sandal has a low heel that allows it to be dressed up or down, working as well with ankle length jeans as it does with dresses.


Dolce Vita Idalia Sandal from  $99.99


Dolce Vita Idalia Silver Tasseled Sandal

Tassels turn up the heat on any look, especially when they’re on a quasi-tribal sandal in a metallic color. These Dolce Vita sandals are  cute with shorts, and they’ll look chic peeking out from under your maxi dress when you walk.


Melissa Star Sandal from $59.13


Melissa Star flat Sandals in pink

Into eco fashion? Then, these Melissa sandals are for you. Not only are they created using sustainable business practices, but they’re just plain adorable. Bright is the new neutral, so their pearlized hot pink color make them a fun accent to almost any look. They also get bonus points for being rain-friendly (if you don’t mind wet toes).


Delflex by Dexter McKenna Sandal from Payless- $27.99


Dexflex by Dexter McKenna Embellished Sandal from Payless


Comfort shoes have come a long way! With its two layer insole- one of memory foam, the other of latex foam- this jeweled sandal is more than just a pretty face. It’ll add a bit of glamour to jeans and a tee, and it’ll also work with a flirty dress on date night.

Naya Sister Sandal from $66.99



Here’s another eco chic choice. If I go into all the ways Naya tries to reduce their carbon footprint, I won’t have room to discuss the cuteness and comfy features of this shoe. However, note that they’re made from vegetable-tanned leather, and the footbed features natural cork for shock absorption. These are great for city slicking, but they also have a retro cool vibe that makes them music fest-friendly.


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  1. Thanks shoe guru! These are all very tempting and not what I would have found on my own! Am toying with the idea of treating the snakeskin as a neutral and pairing it with anything. Also love the tassels on the Dolce Vita. I could definitely see myself in any of these!

  2. Great sandals! I'd wear them all. Love that you provided so much useful information aboutthem. Who would have thought payless had such a cute and comfy style? Wonderful!