Comfy Flats

I’m on pseudo-vacation this week, and I started off Monday morning with a trip to the zoo in this outfit.  If you follow me on Instagram (moomooaudrey) you might recognize this from our little green-screened panda pic:
Even though they’re totally fake and green screened, (yep, not even stuffed animals), aren’t they adorable?
Anyway, I’ve worn this outfit like a billion times, but today it’s finally official since it made it to the blog.  Because, you know, outfits are only real if they are blogged.  Just like how a relationship is only official once its on Facebook.

These flats are perfect for the zoo, lemme tell ya.  As you know, I love Target and Old Navy shoes and I’m very much a cheap shoe junkie.  My feet have been through the school of hard knocks and can handle it.  But these shoes from Gap are leather and though I can walk around the zoo and other places just fine in crappy Old Navy shoes, walking miles in genuine leather shoes is SO MUCH BETTER.  The tides might be turning as I might be inclined to continue going for genuine leather shoes, but I’m not making any promises to kick my current addiction.  I’m definitely getting swayed though.  
The first two links below are the exact Gap pair I have and a similar genuine leather Target version.  (Target’s site was having problems yesterday so hopefully these links work.)  Kimmie has been investigating the Target non-cap toe version and I tried them on in store yesterday.  Very soft and seemingly promising!  They come in a lot of different colors (black, tan, mint, yellow, orange) plus cap-toe versions in navy, green, metallics, and some other neutrals.  Looks like I might have a new addiction. 
Do you put your feet through the school of hard knocks, or do you treat them well?  What are your comfy shoe brands?

Shop for the Look:

Sweater: Target (similar, similar, similar)
Jeggings: New York & Company (similar)
Flats: Gap (exactsimilar–genuine leather Target, similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Old Navy

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    April 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Love your now "official" outfit! I have a pair of flats from Antonio Melani (sold at Dillard's) that have sort of a memory foam footbed and they are heaven on my feet! Not all of their flats have this, but I hope they make more in the future!
    Gloss and Threads

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    Jodi Inkenbrandt
    April 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    1. Ima have to get that sweater and 2. Ima need those shoes. 🙂 So, my feet have taken the abuse for sure, with my cheap ways, never buying real leather or quality shoes, but as I'm getting older, I think I need to start investing in the real deal. My most comfortable shoes are the Naturalizer brand of sandals I thrifted. Lots of padding and support.

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    Van at Botanical Curator
    April 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    My hiking shoes by Merrell at DSW. I've worn it for 1 year now. I love it. Before this one, I wore Naturalizer loafers.

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    April 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    As an FYI, Gap is having a 30% off sale, use the code GAPHAPPY until 4/7 so those sweet little flats are even sweeter.

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    Maricel Edwards
    April 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I have that sweater! I have that sweater! (Insert happy dance here) Huzzahs to Target and Audrey for making me feel fashion forward! Lol!

    Anyhow, my feet hate me because even though I'm developing bunions, I still wear heels religiously because I'm so darned short. When I finally caved and bought flats, my feet actually rebelled because they weren't used to them. My comfiest flats? Would you believe Dexflex from Payless? I know, right!?

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    Genie Leslie
    April 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I finally found comfy flats!!! I tried the hidden wedge ballet flats from Target that you linked to recently, but they KILLED my ankles. I have a strange shaped foot too, with a very high arch, and I have a hard time finding shoes that don't rub blisters. But I've got the genuine leather ones that you are talking about from Target, the non-cap version, and I LOVE them. I'm wearing an orange pair today, sending back the yellow (it's bright neon, a little too much) and getting the mint color. These are more expensive than the hidden wedge ones but soooo worth it. My feet are so happy today!! I'm also trying this one from Target ( in several different prints. It looks potentially comfy and I've got my fingers crossed. If I finally have more than one comfy pair of flats I'm going to be so excited.

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    Agi Mayer
    April 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love this outfit and comfy flats are so important. Once you break them in it's perfect. I'm hosting a link up next thursday April 11. Show me your favorite Spring trend. Hope to see you there.


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    April 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    The zoo sounds like so much fun! I am loving that adorable sweater 🙂

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    April 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I know we are talking about the shoes, but I am dying over the top!!!

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    April 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Im a cheap shoe junkie too! I adore flats. I wear them just about ever day!

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    Jessica @ Here&Now
    April 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I have tried flats from cheap-o Old Navy, mid-range ones from Gap & the investment ones from J.Crew and I actually prefer the Old Navy ones… I guess my feet just aren't that sophisticated!

    Loving your dotted top pretty lady!


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    April 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I wish I could be a cheap shoe junkie. Unfortunately I have some foot/ankle/knee issues that necessitate a specifically engineered type of shoe. No way would I have been able to do the zoo in ballet flats! LOL I'dve ended up in some serious pain. I have to try shoes on and possibly add insoles before I purchase them.

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    Terri Smith
    April 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I'm in heels most of the week since I'm super short and I teach gigantic teenagers, but I'm in flats on weekends. I'm giving you a link to the most COMFORTABLE SHOES IN LIFE!! It's like walking in a designer cloud.

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    You should definitely try out the Target ones! I'm super sad that the mint is back in stock and I wasn't able to buy them during the BOGO sale, because I think I secretly was hoping to keep the mint pair, but oh well. At least I love the black ones 🙂 As for the cap toe pair that I had in my order, I thought they were cute but not as comfortable as the scrunch flats because the back was irritating my foot during the 10 seconds I tried it on.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    April 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Can you do an exchange of your orange ones (or yellow? or whichever other color you got that I cannot remember) for mint ones and keep the price you originally bought at?

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    No, I don't think you can, since Target doesn't do online exchanges. You would have to return them and get the price that you paid for them back, and then buy them again with the current price. 🙁

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Have to spend on shoes that give good support.
    I watched my mom have two surgeries on one foot, and one on the other to fix a problem. Caused by lifelong wearing of flip flops.
    Never want to have to go through that. EVER. So I will spend on supportive, comfy shoes.

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    Shoshana Morris
    April 5, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Adorable top, I love polka dots.

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    April 5, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Love that polka dot sweater! And YAY for cute AND comfy flats!


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    April 5, 2013 at 2:22 am

    I have some cute shoes that were super-cheap (we're talking clearance rack at Ross!) but I must admit, my fav shoes ~are~ the ones that are leather and more expensive. I have a pair of bronze Born flats that are my go-to shoes, and my best friends in the winter are my leather Merrell boots.

    REI and Nordstrom have the most generous policies–REI replaced my daughter's Merrell boots after a decorative button fell off, no questions asked. Just heard a story from my good friend that her husband got a new (free) pair of dress shoes from Nordstrom after he wore his old ones to the point of falling apart. He didn't even ask for a new pair; they offered them! In my old age (36, ha ha ha) I am preferring these great stores and brands more and more….

    Oh, and don't overlook Crocs for comfort and a shot of color! Some of the new flats styles are SO cute!

    :o) Becky in OR

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    April 5, 2013 at 2:48 am

    That sweater is adorable! You look so cute.

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    Kelsey Wilburn
    April 5, 2013 at 3:21 am

    loving your sweet polka dots! 🙂 my favorite shoes are my nice pairs (leather, expensive) and always find that the cheaps never live up to their seeming potential and hurt my feet!

    kw ladies in navy

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    April 5, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Born, Keen, Privo (Clarks), White Mountain, Bare Traps, and even Merona make some decent padded flats. These are all brands I own and like after more than a year. Of course it takes patience to get cute + comfy + a price I'm willing to pay, but waiting for that combo pays off. (TJ Maxx!! Also, Sierra Trading Post.) I wasn't always this way, but I'm all about comfort: pay now in money, instead of later in pain!

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    April 5, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Anybody have a good brand of flats to try for people with skinny-ish feet?

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    April 5, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I always buy leather shoes. They make a big difference in the world! I bought some J Crew flats last year (Cece style) on clearance and they are very soft & comfy!


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    Bianca Castro
    April 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

    LOve the outfit. And your flats is super cute! 🙂 If you have a sec, hope you can check out my latest post.


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    Sarah D
    April 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I have the genuine leather flats from target, and they are amazing. I should also mention that your blog has inspired me to step up my wardrobe. I love how you are able to take inexpensive clothing and make it fabulous.

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    Katie Raby
    April 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    just bought two pair of the target leather flats! thanks for the suggestion!

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    Feathers & Freckles
    April 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Cute! I love the polka-dots and those adorable flats… and that panda photo is awesome 😀

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    April 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I saw this sweater a few weeks ago and was iffy about getting it. Yesterday I just came upon your blog through Kimmie's blog and saw this post, so today I decided to buy it. What size are you wearing? I usually wear x-small, but got a small thinking maybe i could wear a button-up underneath. You think a button-up would be nice to wear underneath?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    April 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Sherrie! I'm normally a S but I got this in XS and I still have room to layer a button up underneath. (I have a very tiny chest, though.) I think a button up of any color would look wonderful underneath–something I definitely plan to do!

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    Genie Leslie
    April 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Kimmie I'm so glad you suggested those shoes! After seeing them on your blog I got the orange ones and yellow ones. Sending back the yellow ones because they are so bright, but I'm going to suck it up and get the mint ones at the regular price because I have SUCH a hard time finding comfortable flats. Thanks!!

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    April 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you Audrey for answering my questions! 🙂 Your blog is going to be one of my top blogs to go to about style and wardrobe. I'm going to e-mail you about a coupon that you might be interested in. I will tell you more about it in the e-mail.

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    April 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Aren't they the best? So comfy! I really liked the yellow pair, but yeah, they were super bright, and I had no idea how to wear them. The mint pair is super pretty and I am so jealous that you're getting them. 🙂

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    heidi {literate & stylish}
    April 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    i just bought & received the cap toe version of the leather merona flats and can attest to their awesomeness!

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    April 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I'm totally with you. After years of torturing my feet with throwaway shoes, I now shop more carefully and get the best ones I can afford. When I went hunting for red flats recently, I ordered a whole bunch of different pairs from Zappos (thank you, free shipping!) and tried them all on to find the ones that would work. Of course they were the priciest pair! Isn't that always the way? 🙂 (These are them: … and it looks like they're now on sale!)

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    April 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I sometimes have problems with plantar fasciitis and I've found that Dr. Scholl's insoles can help convert flat shoes into ones that are more wearable long-term.

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    July 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Love the outfit!

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