Sole Society 'Sam' / Sam Edelman 'Brina' / Marais USA T-Strap Flats / Kate Spade x Keds Champion Glitter
I have a tendency to be drawn to a lot of things that don't really fit in with my lifestyle. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and realizing it to be very true! My closet is full of party dresses and heels that feel over the top for work and feel too formal for a night on the town. My life consists mostly of a business-casual 9-5 government job, low key hangouts with friends, going to see bands at local bars, doing yoga, and drinking wine and dancing with my girl friends. Last summer my boyfriend started playing rugby, and we spent almost every weekend, day & night, at the rugby club (cheering on the sidelines by day, having drinks in the club house by night) - it was this that really brought to light that I don't have a casual wardrobe that I really like. I wore the same few items over & over again, because most of my wardrobe is just not practical. And what good is it to have pieces hanging in your closet that you love but never wear?
So I decided it is time to stock up on casual, practical items that I love - my most recent obsession being flats! I do love heels, and will continue to wear heels, but I found last spring & summer I wore flats most of the time, leaving the two pairs that I wore regularly beat up and ugly by the end of the summer.
I recently purchased (but don't have in my hands yet) the Kate Spade gold glitter Keds and the leopard t-strap flats above, both on super sale! I'm currently trying to prioritize and decide what I really need from there, and I think a pair of black flats is a basic that goes without saying (perhaps those Zara ones with the gold ankle strap above?) and something either light/nude or bright & punchy for hot summer days (which feel a lifetime away on this freezing January day) - I am seriously tempted by those bright colorblocked Zara ones above - they are SO fun and SO affordable.