Monday, October 1, 2012

My Search for the Perfect Leopard Flats

I'm not one to wear animal prints in my clothes very often, but I love an animal print accessory. Now that it's fall and the air is getting cooler, it's finally appropriate to break out the nice, deep leopard prints. I especially love leopard print shoes. This fall I've been on the lookout for the perfect leopard flat, but it's been a lot harder than I've expected.

I guess my criteria has been a little strict. I'd prefer something with a pointed toe, since it can be dressed up a bit more easily than a ballet flat, and looks great with pants, skirts, and dresses. While I've found a few contenders, my grad student budget has ruled some of them out already. Here's a list of the shoes currently in the walking running.

J.Crew Janey Calf Hair Flats

Photo from J.Crew
I realize that this is a silly first pick because these don't have that pointy toe I'm looking for, but OH MY GOD I love them. The gold heal...the rich color...they are just beautiful. The only problem? Um, the $298 price tag. And let's be honest, while that gold heal is gorgeous, it's going to be out of style pretty soon, making the price an even bigger deal. Oh well, a girl can dream can't she?

Steve Madden Vegass Flats
Photo from Piperlime
These flats are really what I'm looking for. They have a pointy toe and the fact that it doesn't have black trim makes it even more versatile. The only thing that's stopping me, again, is the price. Well, let me revise: It's the the price in combination with the quality. I just can't bring myself to spend $90 on flats that get 2.5 stars on Piperlime. The quality just doesn't match the price. I can only justify spending $90 on shoes if they're a good investment (the last few times I bought shoes that expensive, they were a pair of black Michael Kors pumps, and a pair of running shoes).

Steve Madden Eternnal Flats
Photo from Piperlime
These flats are very similar to the Vegass flats, and I really like the gold studs on the back. But again, based on the reviews, the current $70 price tag just doesn't match the quality. I might consider them in the $40 range, but not $70.

Steve Madden Croquet Flats
Photo from Zappos
Rounding up my Steve Madden picks is the Croquet, one of the many tuxedo flats that seem to be all over the place these days. I hesitate to buy these because while the style seems classic, the fact that they're everywhere this season makes me worry that they will just look tired next year. So even though the $56 price tag is more to the tune of what I'm willing to pay, they just aren't versatile enough. Plus, I tried them on at DSW while I was wearing athletic shorts and they just don't flatter my bare legs enough, so I couldn't wear them with skirts and dresses.

Mossimo Black Vianca Tuxedo Flat

Photo from Target
I actually ordered these at the beginning of the season because at $20, I was cool with them being trendy  and a little less versatile. But they were just too stiff and too low quality, and I knew that would probably be a problem. My feet just can't handle that anymore unless I'm wearing sandals. My friend Heather at Pineapples and Pearls ordered them and has a plan to make them more comfortable, so I'm eager to see if she can get them to work.

Nine West Speakup Flats
Photo from Nine West
I saw the Speakup in the Nine West store last weekend, and I think that these are really the ones I'm looking for. They're solid with more support than the Steve Madden options, and they have a sort-of pointed toe. They have a very classic look that I know I could wear for at least two seasons. At $80 they're still a little on the high side for flats, but I'm one coupon away from snagging these.

Crocs Kadee Leopard Flats
Photo from Zappos
These Crocs are a great option since they would be super comfortable and they are only $35.

Hahaha, just kidding! I could hardly even type that. Sorry guys. I am all kinds of silly this morning.

Have you scored any cute shoes lately? Do you own any of these above shoes? Know where I can score a deal on the Nine West shoes? I wish they were on Piperlime today so that I could get 20% off.


  1. Hey! Check out these cute leopard prints! Not sure if you're up for patent leather as opposed to the faux hair, but VS actually has a pretty decent shoe selection.

    1. Oh those are cute! A lot of the patent leather ones don't show the leopard print very vividly but these ones are really cute. I'll have to be on the lookout for a coupon code instead of deleting their many emails the second I get them :)

  2. Have you considered Sperry Top-Siders? I bought a leopard print pair last year that they don't seem to make anymore and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they are holding up and how comfortable they are. Here's a similar pair they have on sale this year:***7********9557497*M075&productId=7-139390&&frminv=true


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