Searching for Nude Flats at DSW (and a Trick to Help You Look Taller)

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DSW adventures!

Ooh! This video!? I just learned a really handy trick for using nude flats to look taller:

If you’re petite like moi, or if you just want to add a couple of virtual inches without wearing heels, wear a pair of nude flats — ideally, with a slightly pointy toe — in a shade close to your skin tone. It’ll make your legs look longer.

Also, for the full effect, pair the flats with pants that hit above your ankle, and tuck in your shirt.

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Right after I took this pic somebody walked up to me and said I looked like Ali Wong (it happens at least once a day, I swear).

Well I’ll be a crazy cat lady… It really works! I got iPhone pic proof yesterday when I went to DSW looking for a pair of nude flats (I had a coupon burning a hole in my pocket. WOO HOO!).

Much to my chagrin, I didn’t hit a home run on the flats, though. I came pretty close with this tan and gold number by Vionic

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They’re one of those shoes that look cuter on your feet than they look sitting on the shelf, but I really wanted something with pointier toe, so I left without them.

At first I thought the cork-like material was kind of odd-looking (like, am I gonna be walking around with wine corks on my feet??), but with the gold flecks, the material looks almost like Chanel tweed.


If you’re shopping in a DSW store and see a pair of shoes you like, check the website before buying, because sometimes their shoes are less on the website than they are in the stores, and vice versa. For example, the Vionic Minna Ballet Flats shown here are $ 119 in the store and $ 89.99 online. That’s a big difference!

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The flats also felt like they were already “broken in” (so, not stiff), and the insoles had a fairly high cushioned arch, which I was living for because flats usually have zero arch support.

I came this close to bringing them home, but alas… Gonna keep looking around. If I can’t find anything else, I’ll go back for them.

I also loved the look of these Cole Haan Elsie Flats.

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SUPER CUTE! — but man, the leather had absolutely no give.

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I tried them on and felt like I was walking around with boxes on my feet… Does anybody else have zero patience for breaking in shoes? Because if shoes are uncomfortable right out of the box, I know I’m never, ever gonna wear them, and your homegirl has NO time for that nonsense.

Anywho, I’m still on the hunt, but maybe some of these will catch your eye…

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Here’s the plan: If I can’t find a pair of flats by the end of the month, I’m just going to wait until spring. I’ll grab some nude booties to tide me over, because — HELLO BOOT SEASON.

Seriously, tell me you love boots 👢 as much as I do. I live for ‘ze boots!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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