Shoe trends -- lace-up flats

Started 7 years ago. There are 5 replies by 4 different members. The latest reply was from wonderer.
  1. Okay, so I'm curious about lace-up flats. Has anyone tried them? Can I wear them to the office (business casual)? Are they comfortable or annoying? I'm relegated to flat shoes due to knee problems and a preference for comfort, but I've always had trouble with ballet-style flats because of my narrow heels (they won't stay on my feet) so this could be the answer! Another style I'm considering is Oxfords. I like the look of these (probably in the nude colour for summer):

  1. Sorry, Wonderer, can't help you there. I don't think I could wear the lace-up flats. They would probably annoy me or worse, rub on my foot. Actually, none of the shoes shown in this week's article would work for me.

  2. Hi, I have narrow heels too (my overall foot measures a Medium, but I can also wear Narrow in a 1/2 size larger). I also have a lower arch, so it is sometimes difficult to keep shoes on my feet. I LOVE ankle straps on shoes! However, I haven't had the courage to purchase any of the lace-up shoes that are fasten with tying, because I'm afraid of problems with undone ties, laces falling around my ankles and skin abrasion due to moving laces. I just don't want to spend the money to find out the shoes are more trouble than they're worth. That being said, lace-ups sure are cute! Perhaps I'm being overly skeptical, I would be willing to try lace up with snaps, buckles or hidden Velcro. I do think lace up shoes are perfectly fine for business semi-casual. If you try lace ups and they're a success, let us know.

  3. Carol, thanks for weighing in! I have also seen gladiator sandals this season. Those might be a good compromise.

  4. I have some metallic gladiator sandals that are very comfortable and don't look too casual. I also have a pair of low heeled sandals that aren't strictly lace up but have several crossed straps over the foot and an ankle strap. They would stay on for you. Will try to take a photo and post so you can see what I mean in the next few days.

  5. Lisa, I think I can picture that...will keep a lookout for something similar while shopping. That sounds much more practical than fiddling with crossed laces, too. (I actually own a pair of gladiator sandals that I bought a few years ago, but each sandal has two teeny tiny buckles and they drive me nuts.) Thanks!

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