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Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief

Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief

Many women have traded in their sexy stilettos for a pair of fashionable flats.

A few years back many young people were not into flats because everything in department stores and boutiques seemed too conservative and old-fashioned.

But many new hip and upcoming designers – and even some classic designers, have come out with fresh, modern designs. Now when I go into a department store or boutique, it seems like all I see are flats and moccasins.

Designers have created all types of flats for any occasion.

High heels are great for that extra height and to add that feminine touch to any outfit, but why wear high heels if flats also add that fashionable and feminine touch? In addition, high heels do not offer the comfort that flats do.

Although there are days when I need to wear high heels to add a few inches to my height or look extra professional and polished, I am all about the flats. I own more flats than any other type of shoe.

So I want to share with those who love flats and are looking for some chic flats to update their wardrobes or add a feminine touch to their outfits while still being comfortable. Right now flats come in all different styles, textures, materials and detailed with jewels.

On the more expensive side, J.Crew offers a variety of flats and are made of quality leather. J.Crew also offer flats in swanky patterns, silk and wool.

The price range for J.Crew’s flats is $98 to $268. To see the various flats J.Crew offers, you can visit jcrew.com.

However, most brands cannot compete with the Tory Burch flats, which are the most comfortable flats ever invented.

Tory Burch flats, which are famous for its signature logo medallion, come in soft leathers and suedes in various colors such as purple, red, brown, black and metallic silver or gold.They also offer flats in bold patterns and textures including leopard, snakeskin and velvet.

Tory Burch also offers a pair of flats that are covered in bronze sequins and embellished flowers, which jazz up any outfit for an evening out in the town.

Although the price range for Tory Burch flats is from $195 to $235, they are made with the best material. Tory Burch flats are the best investment and will last a long time. To view the various Tory Burch flats, visit toryburch.com.

However, if you want to still look fashionable and modern and be up to date with the latest flat styles without going over your budget, there are many affordable brands out there.

Steve Madden, which are known to create designs similar to the high end shoes, display a great assortment of flats.

They have flats in all sorts of styles – round toe or pointed, and in different textures – suede, leather and snakeskin. Their flats are embellished with metallic beads, studs, jewels, ruffles and rosette.

The price range for Steve Madden flats are $39 to $79, and they can be viewed on stevemadden.com or
nordstrom.com.

For even more affordable flats, you can visit Target, which is now coming out with fashion forward designs and brands.

The Merona Collection has come out with a higher end line of flats, which come in patent leather, leather and suede, and cost about $29.

The patent leather flats are lined inside with a leopard pattern to add that fashionable touch and have a buckle at the front of the shoe. There are also some silver pewter pointed flats, which are lined a leopard patterned. The collection also offers suede ballet flats in black or brown and have either a gold or silver trim around the shoe. To see all the styles of the Merona Collection, visit target.com.

Natalie Veissalov, a junior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at natalie.veissalov@laverne.edu.

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