Spring Day Date Style: Casual Flats.
Yes. FLAT SHOES. On my feet. IN PUBLIC.
This date outfit look would have been a mortal sin in my book just a short time ago. You would never. Ever. EVER. Find me out on the town without a heel.
I thought even kitten heels should be damned. Really.
(If you’re like, “Uh, what’s a kitten heel?”, think #grannyfashion.)
But with my ever increasing age and the knowledge that high heels can give you varicose veins, I’ve quickly adjusted my thought process and I’m singing a new tune on my daytime dates this spring.
Flat bottomed shoes, you make my rockin’ world go round.
With this new style guide in mind, I wanted to find a fun and affordable way to dress up while dressing down. You know, bust out those fancy date night dresses and knock ‘em down a few notches.
Flats were the solution.
Who knew a simple pair of flats would be the the way to maximize my outfits in new situations? (It’s amazing how different a dress can look in the daylight! Dim bar lighting ain’t doing nothing for neon pink.)
But of course, they couldn’t be just any flats…
So to my closet I went! Tossing shoes left and right, I wanted casual comfort. Timeless style. Laid back yet lovely. I wanted some shoes that were made for walking (without giving you spider veins).
Then I saw them. An old high school throwback perfect to complete my outfit.
That’s right. Tennis shoes.
Say it with me:
Damn, Danielle! Back at it again with the white Keds!
I know what you’re thinking. What about sandals? Gladiators? Ankle boots? Wouldn’t those all work with that dress?
Yea, those are all fine and dandy (and frankly adorable) but what I’m going for here is playful, casual, low-maintenance comfort.
I think the look really works, and for some reason, it works almost every time. Take any fun shift dress you might wear out to dinner and exchange basic white tennis shoes or slip-ons in place of your usual heels.
Boom. It’s like you instantly become adorkable.
People will look at you and think “I don’t know if she’s the trendiest soccer mom out there or just the chillest fashionista to ever toss aside heels without giving a damn.” And honestly, I’m down to be called either one of those things.
I got my Keds at a discount shoe store for pretty cheap (although I did spring for the leather because they last longer and stretch better to fit my wide feet). You can also find the cloth versions for around $20 from some amazing knock-offs for even cheaper HERE.
Stick to the Flats | Where to Wear:
From patio brunch to a stroll around a museum, you can look effortlessly blessed without the blisters.
If you’re in the area, try this look on this $20 Date:
LACMA |5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free general admission for Los Angeles residents Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3 pm–5 pm
Friday: 3 pm–8 pm. Rejoice because we can all go for FREE every second Tuesday of the month.
So go ahead. Kick off those heels. Chuck on those chucks. You’ll like how it feels.
Would you give heels the boot in place of white tennis shoes?
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