Worst thing about my new job? I can’t wear my beloved Birkenstock sandals (and my go-to pair of black flats just bit the dust!).
Okay, I realize that if that’s the worst of it, I’m doing pretty good. And so far, my new library is great. The people are fantastic, and there’s lots of opportunities for improvements and the organization is open to change. If the worst thing is having to save my beloved Birkenstock sandals for the weekends, I think I can cope.
But seriously: finding new shoes is the worst.
This used to be easy. In reviewing my Zappos purchase history, I’ve reliably replaced black Børn flats every four years. Yes, they always discontinue the style I like; but I have always found a suitable replacement like clockwork over the past last 4 election cycles. Coincidentally, I always need new shoes when it’s time to pick a new President.
Only this time, I didn’t like the new Børn flats.
Okay, I liked them enough to get them in Navy (which is really a denim blue) but those are only for occasionally wearing with my not-black outfits, which aren’t that frequent. The stretchiness along the edges just isn’t want I want in my everyday black flats. So they went back.
Any my quest continues for my perfect ‘sole’ mate. (Sorry. I can’t resist bad puns).
I tried a few other brands and styles, but still haven’t found the perfect match for me.
I need a decent arch support and prefer a sleek, no-frills style in most of my footwear. And you wouldn’t think it’d be such a challenge to find closed toed footwear, but I am hear to say the struggle is real after 3 unsuccessful attempts and finding new shoes for work.
So I’m expanding my search, and I’ve curated this collection of potential pairs.
I like trends like the ankle wrap styles, but am hesitant to invest in a pair that won’t be fashionable until they fall apart. Black flats are definitely a staple of my footwear and I want a high quality pair that I won’t have to replace anytime soon. Especially since it’s turning into such an ordeal!
Do you have a favorite pair of black flats? What’s your go-to brand for comfortable but chic shoes?