D’Orsay Flats – The Sexy Must Have Shoes This Spring

If you read my post on sporty spring shoes, you got a pretty good idea of what’s in style if you want a really casual shoe. But what if you are on the lookout for something that’s still relaxed, but a little dressier and sexier?


Kate Spade ‘Gavana’ d’Orsay flat

The d’Orsay Flat is is a lovely solution. The d’Orsay is said to have been named after French noble, artist and fashion dandy Count Alfred D’Orsay in the 19th century as a solution to ill fitting shoes of the time, but it’s California designer Jenni Kayne who can be credited for bringing back the look. Last season celebrities started turning up in chic Jenni Kayne d’Orsay flats and we all fell in love.

What is the d’Orsay? 

The d’Orsay is simply an elegant twist on a flat shoe.  You might say it is a cross between a sandal and a ballet flat. It has a toe and a heel cap but not much inbetween. The vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe cap and the sides are gracefully cut away to reveal the naked, curved instep of your foot. (The instep is said to mirror the curves of a woman’s body)

D’Orsay flats are very feminine; a little like wearing a low cut top – slightly revealing. The pointy toe pairs are the most sophisticated because they elongate your leg and foot making you look slimmer and taller.

How do you wear them?

Flat heel d’Orsays are hot for spring, but they come with heels too. Many of the new d’Orsay flats sport a sexy ankle strap.

You can wear these chic cut-out shoes with jeans, cropped pants or just about anything to add a little French flirtiness to your outfit. (Roll up your pants to reveal your ankle and the sexy cutouts that tease the eye)


Shown: Tory Burch Viv Flat

Why I love them

Besides being so pretty, they’re also practical. They’re fantastic for the inbetween spring season when you want to wear a sandal but it’s too darn cold expose your toes.  In summer they’re perfect for the office where strappy sandals aren’t professional but you want to feel like you are wearing a light and airy shoe.

Be sure to pick up a pair. They’ll add a modern touch to your wardrobe.

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  1. Theresa Peters says:

    I love the look of the D’Orsay flats, but I’m so sad that I can’t find them in a wide size. It’s incredibly difficult to find cute, trendy shoes in wide. ;-(

  2. Susan DeReimer says:

    I love the way these look but I need some with more support. Do you have any suggestions for the ladies with larger feet that need some arch help? Something pretty?

  3. Debra S. says:

    LOL I laugh so hard at the very THOUGHT of “pointed toe” shoes or heels these days. Hey- I’m way past 40 and I decided to hell with ANY any sort of pain and suffering at all. LOL I do not even care to try to be “sexy” anymore. Oh sure- I want to look “good” but sexy. LOL. I adore the internet because of the whole world of ww shoes open to me now. A blessing. A good thing.

  4. I adore this look and purchased a flat pair last year. However, the brand I bought aren’t the most comfy…not the shoes fault…my tootsies are weird. Seeing all the adorable styles you posted has prompted me to try another pair…The two toned style is calling my name! They’re just so chic and look fabulous with skinnies and flirty summer dresses. I love the way they look with a pencil skirt, too. What a versatile little shoe!

  5. Hello Deborah and the Glam Gals!
    How refreshing it is to finally be looking at SPRING AND SUMMER SHOES! YAY!
    The selection you have shown and what to wear with them is great. As always, I anticipate receiving your entertaining and informative emails. A breath of spring–just like you ladies are!
    Best to all,

  6. SpicyAnt says:

    I absolutely love these shoes. I have already purchased 4 pair. (red, camel, sapphire blue with a silver tip & of course, black patent). they are truly a comfortable style. My feet are wider in front and narrow in the back and this shoe accommodates both issues. Love, Love, Love them.

  7. June Fletcher says:

    These are nice. I find that chunky platform shoes that are so popular don’t look “so great” on anyone, even teenagers! (And I was a teen when they first were in fashion in the ’70s.) They make legs look thicker, and since the sole is inflexible, EVERYONE wobbles around while wearing them. Not sexy in the slightest. Also, they make you prone to trip, and older women are more prone to fractures than younger ones (ask me about my last cast).

    • Hi June,
      Oh no… the hazards of high fashion! You make a good point, don’t wear shoes that you feel wobbily in, they can be dangerous! It is important to take the wedge styles and gladiator sandals for that matter into moderation. If you are still in your early 40’s you can still pull them off, however as you age you might want to be more careful. But you would be surprised at how many women over 40 are still rockin these styles! I know one 74 year old gal out in LA that wears sexier shoes than I do and she has never fallen yet! But to your point, there are lots of women that have terrible foot problems and have can’t wear anything high. As usual there is not fast or easy rule for all!

  8. Jennell Scott says:

    Speaking of shoes, Jimmy Choo has come out with tennis shoes. My husband wants to but me a pair. Now, I am in good shape and 52 yrs old-amI to old to wear these with my Bermuda shorts?? I would only wear the “low top” type and the color would be taupe,only on very casual occasions.

    • Hi Jennell,
      I love the new Jimmy Cho tennis shoe! It is gorgeous. If your husband wants to treat you to a pair …we say GO FOR IT! One note… make sure you wear a very low sock, that is not sticking out of the shoe (you should almost look barefoot)… A sock will totally RUIN the look of these! Also, shorts may not be the best look for these sneakers, we think a pair of straight legged jeans will work best in white, kahki or traditional jeans. If you try to wear these with shorts, they might you look too clunky. Please send pictures!!!