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Friday finds: flats that are anything but basic

Ah, flats.

Until about a year ago, I had a love/hate relationship with the genre. I always had a few pairs of ballet flats circulating in my closet, but whenever practicality demanded them, I felt completely dowdy. Even the gorgeous Lanvin pairs... can you imagine?

I loathe the term basic (argh, so condescending) so let's just say that most styles are uninspired.

What changed my mind was a sale purchase of a pair of Vivier flats in a navy and silver camouflage brocade. I couldn't believe how much I spent on them (even on sale), but now I can't believe how incredibly versatile they are.

They turn my simple navy trousers and white shirt into a cool, yet conservative look. They make my ripped jeans and tee shirt look polished. And now that I'm wearing nothing but maternity tents, I would go as far to say that they make me feel elegant. No small feat, I might add.

While I'll admit that most flats are still lacking in the style department, but can't help but love these beauties:

I love the polished silhouettes, gorgeous embellishments and notice-me colors. Not exactly basic, are they?

Clockwise from the top: Rupert Sanderson bolero embellished flats, Paul Andrew Rhea suede flats, Roger Vivier Gommette splash patent leather flats, Rochas point toe flats, Miu Miu ballet flats, Simone Rocha printed leather flats, Jimmy Choo glazed leather flats, Valentino Rockstud flats, Roger Vivier Gommette flats, center: Nicholas Kirkwood Quantum flats



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