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?
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. Here are a few of my favorites: