Flat Black Ankle Boots

I had a gift card to Barney’s and was almost positive I’d redeem it for work tops, which I desperately need (post on this coming tomorrow). I ultimately ended up purchasing my new favorite shoes of all time.

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Barneys New York CO-OP Round Toe Slip-On Shoe Boot $350

They are comfortable enough to run around in all day and can easily be worn with practically any outfit you put together – dress pants, jeans, dresses, etc. Expect me to be wearing these the next time you see me.

Less expensive options:

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Reiss Lara Black Flat Suede Ankle Boots $285

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See by Chloe Mini Flat Pixie Boots $355.49 $167.76

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Steve Madden ‘Prizzze’ Boot $99.95

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Chinese Laundry Britt Boots $89 $49.99

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Pacsun Qupid Tinsley Booties $39.50

Flat Out Necessary

My feet are distorted.  The reasons for this are twofold.  One, because I have an ongoing (and overwhelming) fear of asking for my actual shoe size and admit I have bought a size that isn’t right out of pure embarrassment.  I am… *taking a breath*… a size 10 (…and a half… ok sometimes – seriously only sometimes – 11, if the shoe is cut weird).

I’ve spent many trips to the Mall trying on 10’s and have mastered the act of, “OMG this is so weird!  This 10 doesn’t fit.  ALL my other shoes are 10’s… this line must be really small”.  Yes, the sales people see right through it, but it’s just like ordering two entrees from room service while alone on a work trip and making sure to ask for TWO sets of silverware… you know, for your friend that’s meeting up with you.  Sometimes I even through in an extra detail like “OH and can you make sure there’s no basil… my friend is really allergic to basil”, just to sound convincing.  #Problems

The other reason, however, is that I really do love heels and even if I mentally prepare myself to hear “YOU ARE SO TALL” from every person I run into while wearing them (remember I’m 5’10”), I have definitely been stuck one two many times spending hours in painful pumps.

That being said, I am constantly scavenging to find cute flats.  I’m all about boots in the fall and winter, but as the Summer gets closer, I find myself looking for fun alternatives to pair with fresh looks that won’t be boring.  And, even though I’m mostly style over comfort, c’mon… my ankle once swelled up twice its size in Vegas because I was wearing 5″ heels all day.  I was 100% sober and I will never get the man’s voice out of my head saying, “DUDE, that girl is SO drunk!” as he watched me wabble to my room (not even a little bit ok in the first place and also breaks my cardinal rule to not wear heels over 3″ during daylight to be sure I won’t be mistaken as a transvestite).

Here Are My Picks for Spring/Summer:

Loeffler Randall Star Sandals $175, Tan and Glitter Sandals $136.34, Black and Tan Sandals $36.36

Dolce Vita Red Sandals $109.99, Black Sandals $100, Joe’s Jeans Cobalt Sandals $90

Rebecca Minkoff Gold Sandals $125, DV by Dolce Vita $59.99, Silver Sandals $34.95

Ted Baker Pink and Orange Sandals $63.63, Lacoste Pink Jelly Sandals $63.63, Yellow Jelly Sandal $47.90

Embellished Sandals $99, Petal Sandals $79, Yellow and Gold Sandals $70

Elizabeth & James Ballet Flats $198, Black Patent Leather Flats $84.50, Two Tone Flats $62

Rebecca Minkoff Aztec Flats $195, Nude Patent Leather Flats $70, Yellow/Nude Flats $59

Steven by Steve Madden Blue Flats $119.99, Mint Green Flats $66, Red Bow Flats $15

Perforated Loafers $118, Striped Smoking Slippers $115,  Zig Zag Espadrilles $21.81

Loeffler Randall Flat Moccosin $195, Steve Madden Leopard Flats $80, Dalmation Casual Flats $79.95

Milly Two Tone Rose Boat Shoes $125, Milly Two Tone Yellow Boat Shoes $125, Gold Boat Shoes $89.95

Jil Sander Red Lace Up Shoes $758, Cole Haan Leather Oxfords $178, Leather Shoes with Spikes $154.52

Chuck Taylor + Missoni High Tops $200, Neon Keds $45, Leopard Sneakers $30

My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Bloomingdales.com

NeimanMarcus.com

Nordstrom.com

Barneys.com

SaksFifthAvenue.com

ShopPlanetBlue.com

Zara.com

Designer Websites:

BCBG.com

DVF.com

MichaelKors.com

AliceandOlivia.com

RebeccaTaylor.com

Online Retailers:

Shopbop.com

RevolveClothing.com

Net-A-Porter.com

ShopTheTrendBoutique.com

Refinery29.com

Asos.com

Topshop.com

IntermixOnline.com

FarFetch.com

Piperlime.com

Couture.Zappos.com

Madewell.com

PinkMascara.com

LesNouvelles.com

Specifically Shoes:

Zappos.com

SteveMadden.com

FryeBoots.com

DolceVita.com

Jewelry:

FavorJewelry.com

RachelRoy.com

Handbags:

ELuxury.lm

Look for Less Spots:

Forever21.com

DorothyPerkins.com

AE.com

FredFlare.com

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers:

Gilt.com (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices)

LastCall.com (Neiman Marcus Off Price)

LuckyMag.com (Sign up for their deal of the day)

DailyCandy.com

PopSugar.com

OpenSky.com

LuxeYard.com (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers)

OneKingsLane.com (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair:

Sephora.com

ElfCosmetics.com (great deals!)

Beauty.com

Drugstore.com

DermStore.com

RickysNYC.com

SkinStore.com
MACCosmetics.com

Home Goods/Office Supplies:

Amazon.com

RussellandHazel.com

KateSpade.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

WestElm.com

CrateandBarrel.com

CB2.com

ZGallerie.com

PotteryBarn.com

RestorationHardware.com

JaysonHome.com

FishsEddy.com

Anthropologie.com

WorldMarket.com

GretelHome.com

GandGWebstore.com (artificial flowers)

LindaandHarriett.com

DesignPublic.com

SeeJaneWork.com

Tech Stuff:

FreshlyPicked.BigCartel.com (love their mouse-pads)

AhaLife.com

AplusRstore.com

ThinkGeek.com

CoolestGadgets.com