making the case for flats

January 11th, 2015

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Last Friday, I had a lunch meeting with another lawyer, and she picked a spot in this really chic shopping area, one that I hadn’t visited in a while.  And I was coming off a very busy morning, and didn’t have much scheduled in the afternoon, so after our lunch ended, I thought I’d just take a quick peek into my favorite Houston boutique, which just happened to be right next door. 

And quick peeks are always bad for my wallet.  When I’m looking for something specific, I’ll shop for hours and come home empty-handed, but when I’m just browsing?  I always find something amazing.  It’s a curse, I tell you. 

So, about twenty minutes later, I found myself deciding between two pretty incredible pairs of shoes, which I captured on Instagram in the photo above.

The ones on the left are Giuseppe Zanotti flat sandals, and obviously, are pretty amazing.  And the ones on the right are pretty much my exact favorite shoe in the world — Jimmy Choo heels.  I have Jimmy Choo pumps in nude and black, and you guys have seen them in, oh, probably half the outfit posts on this site.  They’re chic, streamlined and elegant, and they go with absolutely everything.  I bought them both for full price (something I almost never do) and they average out to pennies per wear — that’s how much use I’ve gotten from them. 

The response I got on Instagram was almost unanimous — go for the Jimmy Choos.

And, you guys, I almost did.  Almost.

But then I had a moment of complete candor with myself, and you know what I realized?

In the last eight months, since our son was born, I’ve worn heels maybe a dozen times.  Total.  And most of those times were work-related, so those peep-toe pumps?  Probably not going to fly.  (While the fashionista in me disagrees, and open-toe shoes don’t really work in court.)

But you know what I wear all the time?

Flats. 

And ugh, you guys, there’s a part of me that is so disappointed that I’m writing this.  I’m 5’2″ and have loved platform heels since they hit the market — I love being able to look straight into people’s eyes, and that boost of confidence that a tall heel always gives me.  I love the way that heels shape your leg, and I love how glamorous it feels to wear them. 

Unfortunately, though… I’m also a really big klutz.  I can’t tell you how many scraped knees and ripped jeans that I’ve endured from toppling over in my high heels, and the fact is: when I’m carrying our son around, I just don’t feel safe in platforms.  Sometimes, if Bear will be in the stroller or I’ll be sitting down, I wear them anyway.  But most of the time, these days?  Flats. 

So, I bought the Giuseppe sandals. 

And, you know what? 

Lemons, meet lemonade.  Sure, I can’t wear my platforms as much as I used to.  On the other hand, how amazing are those sandals? 

Full outfit post in them soon, but for now — swoon!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rachel @ Betty LIVIN // Jan 12, 2015 at 9:16 am

    That’s a hard decision to make. Throughout my 20’s I was always in heels but once I started running heels hurt the bones in my feet and I’ve become a flat wearer.  Sometimes I look at my beautiful heels on the shelf with longing, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

    I think you made the right decision. 🙂

  • 2 Marcia // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

    The flats are divine! I too am 5’2 so the struggle is absolutely real when choosing function over “fashion”.

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