I'd appreciate some advice from those who know about shoes.
I need a pair of black shoes for autumn/winter. They need to be flats, but with a bit of support, ie, cut low around the toes wouldn't work. I need to be able to rip out the insoles and put orthotics in, so they need to be fairly substantial (not substantial, oh, I'm so out of my depth here).
They are going to be worn with black tights (medium to proper opaque) and short skirts, so they can't be too clumpy or trainer-like.
They need to be able to cope with about five miles of pavement walking on work days.
I usually log onto the Clarks website, chose something that looks flat and not too ugly and reward myself with a sit down and a cup of tea - I'm not a happy shopper.
Saw some 'Mary Jane' style in Clarks recently, also Lands End do some, but can't vouch for the quality. Not sure if Clarks call them that, but they are fairly sensible, open ish to the front, with a strap accross. I am quite old, so of course this may not be as trendy as you had in mind!