I always say that footwear truly reveals someone’s sense of style or lack thereof. While any gal can get lucky and manage to pick up a cute blouse or select an acceptable frock, it’s far more difficult to find stylish, comfortable footwear and pair it effectively with your attire.
A true shopaholic, my love for shoes is equal to that of other fashion pieces—handbags, dresses, jewelry, and, well, everything else. That said, a particular style that’s captured my attention this spring is the d’orsay flat.
Popularized by the French, the d’orsay is characterized by a separation between the piece around the toe and the piece around the heel, leaving the midline of the foot exposed. This spring, the pointed-toe d’orsay was incredibly popular, and I’ve begun to see why.
Assumedly named for the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the d’orsay flat is surprisingly versatile, providing a style of footwear that can be dressed up or down, much like its equally chic French cousin, the ballet flat.
The shoes are great for transitional wear, in between spring and summer as well as summer-to-fall. They look great with skinny jeans or trousers, a blouse, and handbag for work or errands. But also appear incredibly charming with a full skirt and a blouse for a dressier daytime look or happy hour jaunt when you’re just in no mood to wear heels.
Here are our picks, in a variety of prints, color palettes, and price points, for you to add a bit of practical chic to your spring-to-summer wardrobe.