Ask Me Anything: Basic Black Flats

06/06/2011 § 5 Comments

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Hi Mariah,
I’m searching for a pair of basic black flats and I would like to spend less than $200 on them.  What would you recommend?

A wardrobe workhorse most definitely, I am always on the lookout for a good pair of black flats to add to my collection.  Since moving to New York from Los Angeles, quality flats have become more of a priority for me, as I’m now doing quite a bit more walking than I did in the City of Angels and I’m not one for wearing running shoes — unless I’m actually running, of course — I’d feel too much like an extra from Working Girl.

Repetto BB Classic Flat

Ballet Flats
If you’re more inclined towards something of a ballet flat, Repetto should be your first stop.  While your price range will rule out most of the ballet slipper-inspired shoes made by the famed French ballet shoe company like the pair above, I managed to find a pair of grosgrain ribbon flats that were within your price range here.  You could also purchase their actual ballet shoes for much cheaper.  However, don’t expect them to hold up as well as shoes made for walking.

Take a gander at the ballet flats by Tory Burch.  I like her Revas for their bright colors, elastic collar, and the fact that a basic pair prices at just under $200, but the recently released Eddie flat is my new favorite.  The Eddie is simple, classic and without the large medallion found on the Reva.  Also worth noting: J.Crew also has a solid offering in the Lula flat, the Sloop by French Sole, and the very affordable Amarissa flat from Lauren by Ralph Lauren.

KORS by Michael Kors Olympia

Looking for something even more basic than the ballet flat?  The Olympia by KORS by Michael Kors (pictured above) is about as basic as you can get, and is within your price range.  Urban Outfitters also has some solid offerings at very affordable prices.  Check out the Deena & Ozzy pointy patent skimmersummer skimmer, and the BDG pointy leather skimmer.  I also quite like the wingtip-inspired Berkeley flat by French Sole.

Dieppa Restrepo Gaston Tassel Slip-on

If you’re looking for something in a loafer, the above tasseled beauties by Dieppa Restrepo are a bit out of your price range, but if you could be persuaded to stretch it a bit I would definitely recommend scooping them up.  A cheaper tasseled option can also be had in the Washington by GH Bass & Co.  Also check out the penny loafers at Bass, and these very affordable canvas loafers by Cooperative available at Urban Outfitters.

If there’s anything I might be able to help you with, drop me a line:

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§ 5 Responses to Ask Me Anything: Basic Black Flats

  • noelani says:

    I killed my black flats (Vera Wang Lavender Label, FYI are fab) and need a new pair. I am thinking of jumping ship and trying Repetto or some Smith and Wooten type slippers. I LOVE Dieppa’s though, they make a fabulous oxford.

  • I’m liking the DIeppa Restrepo’s a lot. Funnily enough I just received some black Bass penny loafers today. I’d ordered them online, but the size wasn’t right and I also found them a bit stiff, so they’re going back.

  • Mariah says:

    I’m in love with the Dieppas. They’re my hands down favorite of the lot here.

  • Ritournelle says:

    Glad you love black Repettos as much as I do! I’ve been buying that pair over and over again for years.
    And thanks for linking to the trailer of Working Girl. Ugh, tje 80es fashion is priceless!

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