KORS Olympia flats

speaking of shoes, I just noticed that my favorite flats of all time are back in stock at Zappos.* I spent two years+ searching for the perfect black leather ballet flats, and finally found them last fall in KORS Michael Kors’ Olympia flats. No embellishment. No sparkle. No exterior branding. Just plain, super soft, black leather. And crazy comfortableness. Have you ever had/tried on super expensive, super soft leather gloves? They’re like that, but for your feet.

I like them so much that I bought a back-up pair for when my first inevitably wears out to the point of not being repairable anymore, at which point they will inevitably be discontinued (find a good shoe repair shop – it will change your life for the better.) Yes, they definitely cost more than I would usually spend on such a simple flat, but were so worth it. It is ridiculously hard to find a pair of well made simple shoes these days.

Anyone else have a pair of great, well made, comfortable flats to recommend? I am always on the hunt for more. (it’s not like I have too many shoes or anything)

*no, Zappos does not pay me to link to them. But considering how much I spend there, I really wish they would – feel free to get in touch!

photos: left, Zappos; right, Elizabeth F. Clayton

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  1. Emily
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 20:09 | Permalink

    Thanks for this post, Liz! I have had no luck. My most recent attempt was TOMS but as I’m sure you know, they break down really fast. I don’t forsee spending that amount on flats anytime soon, but I do love the KORS that you linked to. I did a sixitemsorless challenge recently (have you heard of it?) and am feeling how important it is to buy less and more durable clothes/shoes/etc.

    • elizabeth
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 09:59 | Permalink

      Yes! I was actually telling someone that I rarely buy shoes anymore that have a full retail price of under $80, because the truth is, for the most part more expensive shoes are just better made and so last longer (that said, I buy almost *everything* on sale/at consignment stores, so rarely actually pay full retail for anything. These were an exception.)