When I first saw these last year, I thought they embodied everything I was looking for in a shoe: cute, comfy, great color, great quality, great workmanship. I liked them so much that I used a photo of them for a banner on my former blog:
I failed to get them because even on sale they were about $150, and then the color I really liked, green, was sold out and they only had an ivory pair left on Zappos, and soon that was gone too. I didn't see them anywhere else after that.
Now they've resurfaced at Sierra Trading Post, for $180 (down from $275), in five colors no less (though green is still my favorite, the other colors are not that special, in my opinion). That, plus I'm freshly in need of green flats, since I've just purged my collection this weekend, and got rid of about 10 pairs of shoes, two of which were lime-green: a Donald Pliner (these) and a Delman ballet flat, the 'Wren' model (these, but in lime green and patent toecap). The Pliners were extremely tight across my instep area, to the point of being supremely uncomfortable, and the Delmans were scrunching my toes something fierce, plus they were flat as a pancake with a flimsy sole and incapable of accepting orthotics because they were so low-cut--in a word, very uncomfortable.
As an aside, I find that purging one's shoe collection is a bitter-sweet experience. On the one hand those were shoes I really liked and bought during my efforts to spruce up my shoe wardrobe. I was proud of the bargains I had gotten them for and they really filled a gap in my collection (such as, green shoes!). On the other hand, they really didn't fit that well, despite my best intentions. After a wear or two, they really let me down. Even if I kept them in my closet, I probably wouldn't have worn them, or just very rarely. Instead now, I have more room for new fabulous pairs--and hopefully, with the wisdom of hindsight, I'll be smart enough to recognize which shoes really fit comfortably BEFORE I wear them outside, thus rendering them unreturnable. Plus, it gives me a reason to go shoe-hunting again, and this time be really really selective.
Unlike my Delmans and Pliners, these Kate Spades look very comfy and my experience with other Kate Spade shoes I own has been very pleasant. They're true to size and quite comfortable. I really love this pair, though I think they should be far more discounted--the model is at least 2 years old, as far as I can tell. Should I wait? Is there any other place on the Internets that has them? What do you think?