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The endless search - comfortable, flat, black shoes, with just a little bit of style?

(22 Posts)
StrikesMatches Fri 09-Jan-15 14:03:10

Have I found them? I need a pair of practical but nice flat black shoes to go with both skirts (plus opaque tights) and skinny trousers. I like the idea of brogues, but they look ridiculous on me. Is Fit Flop the final stop before the retirement village?

tethersend Fri 09-Jan-15 14:06:24

I like these loafers but they are £££. The fitflop ballerinas aren't very comfortable, so I'd assume the loafers are the same.

tethersend Fri 09-Jan-15 14:07:00

I meant these, sorry.

ggirl Fri 09-Jan-15 14:16:16

Gabor shoes are very comfy []

not sure some are v frumpy tho

ggirl Fri 09-Jan-15 14:16:32


StrikesMatches Fri 09-Jan-15 14:26:11

Thanks tethersend, but they are definitely over budget. Ggirl, my Mum wears Gabor, which is hard for me to get past, but that pair is lovely. I'll see if I can find a pair locally.

I tried [,default,pd.html these Carvela]] brogues on earlier, and they might be gorgeous enough to get over the feeling silly in brogues thing, but they only have them in sparkly grey or navy. Do sparkly grey shoes go with lots of other things? <not so fashionista emoticon>

StrikesMatches Fri 09-Jan-15 14:29:39

Oh, that was a link fail.

Anyway, could I wear them with eg, this skirt and opaques? And a top, obvs.

Petal02 Fri 09-Jan-15 14:35:23

Ggirl - those Gabor shoes you linked are great, almost a 'sporty ballerina' if you know what I mean. I would definitely wear those with a dress/skirt. The sole looks to have a decent amount of grip.

Petal02 Fri 09-Jan-15 15:01:59

I really like the FitFlop loafers too. I've recently grown to love 'sensible' shoes for walking/commuting/running around - I save my Dune heels for bars and restaurants.

Petal02 Fri 09-Jan-15 15:24:57

What about these:

nottheOP Fri 09-Jan-15 15:35:00

Those first shoes are FUGLY

Nospringflower Fri 09-Jan-15 22:51:14

I have these [[,30/1162702740 ]] or something like them from Office and can wear them with some skirts as well as cropped / short trousers.

42bunnytails Fri 09-Jan-15 23:00:52

The best thing about DD1 being in sixth form is they don't mind if you where ankle boots or non black shoes as long as they are fairly smart!

Every year we emptied shoe shop store rooms on the comfy black shoe hunt and she always ended up with 'granny' shoes.

Our major grip was, why oh why are so many comfy black shoes wide fit?

Surely loads of younger women need flat shoes for school, retail and waitressing jobs? Teachers are on their feet all day.

Why, oh Why is comfortable and affordable so hard to find?

AvonleaAnne Fri 09-Jan-15 23:15:52

These are nice and very reasonable in the sale but they only have a few sizes left. They were £100 originally.

looki Fri 09-Jan-15 23:52:57

The flat stylish black shoe is a myth!!!

StrikesMatches Sat 10-Jan-15 00:02:05

I fear you may be right, looki, just like the jeans made to fit an actual human adult woman.

Thanks for the suggestions above, but unfortunately none of them are what I want/don't look odd on me.

2fedup Sat 10-Jan-15 07:59:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

agoodbook Sat 10-Jan-15 08:05:17

I love Geox loafers - incredibly comfy and they do a proper size 8 that fits me! - anything on here?,default,sc.html

DragonfliesDrawFlame Sat 10-Jan-15 11:02:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StrikesMatches Sat 10-Jan-15 12:05:04

Dragonflies, nope I'm in Ireland smile

Goodbook, I've never seen adult geox (only the kids' light up ones!) some look nice. I'll see if I can find somewhere that stocks them.

PiratePanda Sat 10-Jan-15 12:06:51

I too swear by Gabor shoes -- you can get them from Jones or Charles Clinkard. Just the right side of frump, and sometimes damn classy. Not mumsy in any way.

agoodbook Sat 10-Jan-15 13:06:05

strikes - I found them quite by accident about 3 years ago in a local independent shoe shop ! I buy a pair every year now smile

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