This discussion more for my own therapy than anything else. I tend to fawn over any cute flats I see online, on celeb style blogs, and I gravitate towards trying them on in stores. But honestly, I have never found flats flattering on me, whether they are ballet flats, loafers, or slides. I have issues with my calves. So I would never wear them with shorts or skirts but only with ankle pants and cigarette or skinny jeans. Just a peep of them is all I like to see when I wear them.
Flats are quite comfortable and don't hurt until late in the day due to lack of arch support. Being that I am now a mom, I have to carry my little guy with and without his infant car seat. Until I become more skilled with this task, there is the obvious safety hazards with doing this in stiletto or platform heels 4" and higher. Oh we've seen it done (à la Mrs Beckham) but we know behind the scenes there are probably nannies/PA's holding the diaper bag, luggage, stroller, etc in those paparazzi photos. A luxury we mere mortals do not have. Hence the poor heels will see light on a much rarer basis. Only on occasions where the dear husband is available to do the hauling. Mind you, the only times I've ever tripped or rolled an ankle, I was wearing flat shoes each time. Go figure.
Anyhow, back to therapy. I need to remind myself that I do not need any more flats of any kind. I raided my closet and plopped them all together to remind me of this. This small but adequate collection should do and with summer coming (we still hope!) the option of sandals will predominate. So the gist (and shoe therapy goal) is that I wish to progress to wearing wedges as my designated "mom" shoes. They are sturdy and I am a sucker for a couple extra inches.
For an economical choice, I do like the series of Tom's open toe wedges, especially in red canvas or the snow leopard. Available at Toms.ca for $80 with free shipping until May 5, 2013.
And for a splurge choice, I love these pink Balenciaga wedges. So far only Matches.com has them for $545... and thats before shipping and duty, which can add up over $700 when said and done. :(