After perving over these shoes online for what feels like an eternity, THEY ARE FINALLY MINE! I’m contemplating sleeping in them tonight. That’s how much I love them.
They’re the Aquazurra Belgravia lace-up flats: they’re made of the most comfortable kidskin leather and I have them in black. I have an average-width foot and wear a size 7 (37 European sizing) in most of my shoes. I got these in a size 37 and they fit perfectly. They’re feminine, chic, interesting and above all they’re super comfortable. They can dress up an outfit without the need of a high heel. I love the gold detail on the heel and at the tips of the laces. They lace up and have a zipper closure at the back.
I like wearing high heels but I spend the bulk of my time either sitting down at a desk and working or in my car driving. I can’t wear 5” heels for either of those occasions so investing in a beautiful pair of flats that work from day to night seems like a great idea.
The Jeffrey Campbell Shay lace-up flats are $130 and come in tons of different colours (red is pictured above). They have the same ankle cage detail as the Aquazarra flats but the laces are longer and have to be wrapped along the ankle a few times too. They have suede laces and zipper closure at the back. On the right is the Stuart Weitzman Gilligan flat that retails for $385, so almost half the price of the Aquazurra model. The Gilligan flats have no gold detailing at the lace & heel, and have long laces that you have to wrap around your ankle rather than the cage detailing on the Belgravia. The Gilligan model does not have zipper closure at the back.
Finally, Topshop also makes a similar option called the Kingdom Ghillie Pointed Shoes at around the $100 mark as well. This option is more similar to the Stuart Weitzman Gilligan (lace up & wrap around the ankle, no zip closure) and the leather is pig skin.
Different options for different budgets but one thing is for sure: the pointy-toe face-up flat is here to stay and holds a special place in my heart. What do you think about this style? Is it worth a splurge or are you more likely to opt for a budget option?