Thursday, September 3, 2009

London Fashion Part 3: Flats, Flats, and More Flats!

From the Urban Outfitters catalog--cute dress and lace-up oxfords. Add tights and a denim jacket for fall and you're done-zo.

I actually had some girl friends the other night try and talk me into buying Danskos and Easy Spirits. Because I walk so much for my job, they think it would help my back. Ummmm, Oh My Gosh, you guys! That would completely ruin my credibility! I've already all but sacrificed ever wearing heels again; I'm certainly not gonna succumb to wearing Easy Spirits to shop. Can you imagine?!

Just because you walk a lot, doesn't mean you have to wear your grandma's orthopedic shoes. In London, the girls walk a whole lot. Much like in New York, wearing anything but a flat shoe is just not practical. (If you need more support, get some insoles. DON'T wear Easy Spirits!) There are three flat shoes in particular that I saw A LOT of in London.
  1. Keds
  2. Oxfords
  3. Slip-on flats
The pair of Keds that I saw most frequently were these black ones with the black sole. Most girls were wearing them with the kind of outfit I referenced on Tuesday's blog--with tights and shorts or with tights and a dress. I think just about anyone could wear Keds. They're completely timeless. And hopefully you're at a point now where you don't have to buy the knock-offs and glue on the little blue square. I wasn't the only one who did that, right?


An androgynous, menswear-inspired look is bigtime for fall--slouchy big blazers, boyfriend jeans, oversized button-up shirts and oxford-style flat shoes. When Annie and I were hanging out in the Spitalfields area of London one day, which we completely stumbled upon and TOTALLY loved, I promise you 50% of the girls were wearing oxfords. If you have the time to source yours from a vintage shop, you'd get a better deal and have a more unique pair, but if not, the ones below from urbanoutfitters.com are a good example of the type that I spotted.


The slip-on flats I saw in London ranged from the very preppy with a cute little blazer, scarf and boot-cut jean to the more rock-and-roll inspired like I have pictured below. There are lots of studded and zippered flats to be found and if you're looking for a way to edge up your look a little for fall, this is an easy way to do it besides wearing acid-washed jeans...but I do love acid-washed jeans this season if you dare. I also loved how the girls would mix an animal-print flat with just about anything. Note: Mixing prints can be a good thing. Here's a great online feature from glamour.com for reference and inspiration.

1 comment:

beth said...

omg - if i ever saw you wearing danskos or whatever they are i'd die laughing right there.

also, vans makes a keds knock off - at journeys for cheap. loved my navy ones all summer.