to shop / more ballet flats

I haven’t spent much time in heels since I moved to NYC 3+ years ago. Comfortable shoes are a must, since walking is a necessity and I’m not a huge fan of the commuting sneaker look. I’m sharing additional research from my recent window shopping, covering Gap, Bloch, Sue London, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Vera Wang Lavender Label.

1) Gap (
Gap has been a hit and miss over the years. I think my last favorite years were 2004/2005 for clothing. I never batted an eye at their shoes until Spring 2010 when they came out with Repetto lookalikes. I bought them on sale, so they are cheap commuting/office shoes. I ran an office door over my foot the other day and scratched a pair. I’m glad I wasn’t wearing something better. It’s hard to get upset over cheap shoes!

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to shop / butter scoop flats at

One of my favorite shoe buys of the year: Butter Scoop Flats in camel patent. I love nude-toned shoes and the perfect patent bow. It also helps that I get compliments from strangers, left and right, whenever I wear them.

Image source: and Petit Bateau x Tsumori Chisato.

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to shop / repetto sales (as of 2010.12.22)

Update: See the Repetto shopping directory post and other recent posts for updated information.

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One of my obsessions is finding Repetto ballet flats on sale. Repettos are beautifully crafted, handmade, quality, French, and chic. They are as delicate as the NYC streets are rough. Stop by a cobbler and get a protective sole affixed. It’s worth the money! I don’t recommend them if you like to run your shoes into the ground.

My favorite is the classic BB style (named after Brigitte Bardot) which has the perfect ballet flat shape. Be warned that they run about a full size small. US 8 M = EU 39.

The end of the season sales have started. Listed in order of best to meh, find Repettos on sale at:

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