Summertime Flats For Running Around Town

Flats, Skimmers and Loafers To Get You From Here To There
June 7, 2019
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The sun seems to be staying out these days – and you don’t have to tell us twice to transition to our summer wardrobe. Let’s all do a warm-weather dance as we pack up our winter boots and lay out those light, colorful shoes on the closet floor. Summer is finally upon us - and let us all say Amen.

As it so happens, dressing for the office in the summertime can be a bit of a drag. It’s boiling hot in the subways (if you’re in nyc like us) yet unusually cold at work. We blame our office manager for freezing the place out, but it remains true, flats are the most sensible choice for getting you from here to there.

Picture this:  You have some basic flats, ready to slip on the days you’re half asleep AND some standout pairs for when you’re up for collecting compliments around the office. Sigh, it’s the dream -  and worth making your reality, because there’s literally nothing worse than when you don’t have shoes to match your outfit. Life is too short to risk changing your clothes when you’ve nearly made it out the door.

Good shoes don’t come cheap -  so scroll on down for the trusted brands bringing you quality worth investing in.


Margaux is fit-obsessed so we don’t have to be. Founders Alexa Buckley & Sarah Pierson set out to design the perfect wear-everywhere shoe and the line has only got better with time. Unwilling to accept the fact that an estimated 88% of women are wearing the wrong size shoe, they decided to go above and beyond offering extended size ranges, multiple widths and made-to-measure sizing. This New York-based shoe brand can help you find a perfect fit so good, that Prince Charming could use a Margaux slipper to find you.

The Goods

✓   Superior comfort

✓   Made in Spain at a family-owned factory

✓   Extended size range & multiple widths

✓   Made-to-measure sizing available

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Helping every woman find her perfect fit, regardless of size


You no longer need to go to Italy to feel like you’ve discovered beautiful quality shoes from family-owned Italian workshops - M.Gemi brings them straight to your doorstep. Aren’t we lucky to have them around to save us the flight? Every Monday at 10am EST they drop new limited-edition styles, so be sure to set your alarm. We have a feeling your shoe collection is about to get a whole lot better.

The Goods

✓   Crafted by hand

✓   Made in Italy at family-owned Italian workshops

✓   Limited-edition styles drop every Monday at 10 ET

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   The best intentions of bringing you quality goods at fair prices

✓   Transparent production process


This season Everlane’s core flats in pastel hues are more than we can handle. We personally can’t stop staring that that pale lemon yellow or blush rose – they’re the ultimate everyday styles with a hint of feminine flair. Plus they’re sustainable, made in Italy, and especially affordable. Look no further for your wardrobe staples.

The Goods

✓   100% Italian leather

✓   Made in Italy

✓   All shoe styles under $200

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Ethical production process

✓   Eco-friendly methods

✓   Radical transparency


Yes, our favorite french brand Sézane also makes shoes worth dreaming over. Their covetable styles have just the subtle notion of European vacation-ware. And even if the only place they make it is to your office, they’ll still be worth the daydream.

The Goods

✓   Versatile styles with French flair

✓   Loafers, Derbies & Ballerina flats

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Ethical production practices at factories audited annually

✓   Committed to eco-friendly production practices

Sarah Flint

Designer Sarah Flint originally sold her handcrafted shoes at high-end retailers before reinventing the line as direct-to-consumer, cutting her prices in half, all the while still offering the same Italian-made shoes the brand is known for. We love her pointed bow flats and ladylike styles that are just as comfortable as they are durable.

The Goods

✓   Handcrafted

✓   Made in Italy

✓   Feminine designs

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Believes every woman deserves luxury


This brand wants you to feel good about your shoes – they make sustainable shoes as stylish as they are comfortable. Roty’s flexible outsoles moves with the groove of your feet – and the entire shoe is machine washable with quick-dry technology. Talk about comfy shoes that can survive the sometimes fickle summer weather.

The Goods

✓   Flexible outsole  

✓   Lightweight comfort

✓   Machine washable

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Sustainable design


Nisolo ethically produces minimalist, natural tone shoes – and takes incredible care of the 500+ people in their supply chain while doing it. They’re so transparent that they produce a supply chain Impact Report, making it clear for all to see that they value the planet just as much as their shoes.

The Goods

✓   Effortless design

✓   Many styles are handmade

✓   Made in Peru, Mexico & Kenya

Why We Stand Behind Them

✓   Ethically made (beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, etc.)

✓   Produce a supply chain impact report

✓   Support independent artists

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