Elevated flat sounds like an oxymoron, but after doing my shoe audit last week it's what I think I need in my closet.
My current go-to flats are a worse-for-wear camel patent pair. There's big cuts in the leather of the heel from where the backs compressed down and rubbed through. This is an issue I have had with many flats in the past, which is why now I'm looking for something with a little more height as well as a bit higher quality. I'm not a fan of the patent either — it shows every scratch, every lump and bump.
I'd like something to replace these that are just a hair more refined. Features I'm looking for are leather upper and interior, neutral color, and a little bit of heel. I love the v-cut vamp look — bonus points there.
I know if it's a flat so it technically shouldn't have a heel, but I'm talking like, 1 inch or so. Just enough elevation that I'm not gonna be scraping the back of the heel on the ground like I have in the past. I did a roundup below of some potential options but would love to hear if you have any leads on a good contender!
At one point I thought the Nisolo ballet flat was for me, but after giving the 2-piece ballet flat the runaround last season and seeing how easily the heel wore down, I think this is out. Whatever this shoe ends up being, it's going to get plenty of wear and should be built accordingly.
Here are some options I'm looking at:
I feel like I don't know what good shoe designers there are out there. How do you find anything good?? It's hard when you are looking for a very specific thing. Zappos and the like tend to feature more brands with opaque values and lower quality construction, two things I want to avoid. The Garmentory is great but after you've looked through the selection a couple times it too feels limited. I know there are amazing designers out there, I just don't know who they are! My dream shoe must exist somewhere, right?