Super comfy flats at home, killers in real life. Is it just me?

rainyjewels

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So recently I've given up on heels and instead turned to flats. After trying many on, I thought I found the perfect one - Tods Dee Buckle Ballerina Flats

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main...1408474399545537&bmUID=1208272829818&ev19=1:5

They were super comfy when I tried them on. I even walked all around on the carpet to make sure. Yesterday, I wore them to work and simply the commute to, on, and from the subway killed my feet. KILLED. What I loved most about these flats - the fact that they were so flexible that I felt like I was barely wearing shoes - made me feel like I was walking barefoot on NYC sidewalk concrete. With each step I felt like I was killing my heels and killing my back. It felt like I had zero support down there.

Is this just me? Am I a total freak? Aren't flats supposed to be super comfy? How can they be comfy and bendy and conform to your feet when that's the very thing that makes you feel like you're walking barefoot on concrete? I'm about to give up on flats - maybe try small wedge heels or something...but wanted to see what all your experiences were.....maybe I'm doing something wrong?:hysteric:
 

ItsMyWorld

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I'm really the same way with flats. I can't really wear them. I only have 2 pairs but they aren't worn much. I can walk around the city in heels more easily than most ballet flats... though I will say that my Uggs are probably the most comfortable shoes I own and I can walk far in those even though they're flats however they're unattractive so...

It isn't just you. I think flats are ridiculously uncomfortable to really do any serious walking.
 

meightry

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I've found that Lanvin flats have a bit of cushioning in the heels. It really makes a difference in walking long distances. I would definitely give lanvin ballet flats a try.
 

frozendiva

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Depends on the flat and what you're using it for. It's buyer beware. Many flats are just like walking on cardboard. Some are made for walking, some are made for sitting at your desk.
 

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rainy: I have those same flats in burgundy and yes I know exactly what you mean! I bought them in hong kong and wore them while I was in asia and I thought I was going to die! The surfaces and streets are very uneven and I could feel everything. However back in LA they are very comfortable as long as the concrete is smooth and since I don't walk much here. :yes:
 

Chi town Chanel

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Those Tod's are really cute. I have never tried them though. I have lots of other flats (for city walking) and I don't have any problems. Maybe these particular Tod's are just thin on the bottom? If you can't return them, try adding some insoles to provide an additional barrier between your foot and the pavement. That might create additional cushion and save your poor tootsies. I'm really sorry because those are ultra cute flats!
 

Charlie

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They are so cute, too bad they killed your feet. Maybe you need to break them in?
 

elle tee

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A lot of my ballet flats have thin soles and it can get rough walking on them all day in NYC (especially on the cobblestone streets in my neighborhood, ouch!). I do find, though, that sticking the FootPetals "Killer Kushionz" (I think those are the ones, they are full-length) or some other full-shoe insert makes it a lot better.
 

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I can only wear flats. Lanvin, Miu Miu, Sigerson Morrison, Tory Burch. I'm thinking that you need to add an insole for support. My MIL can't wear flats at all w/o pain. Her doc told her that after years of wearing only heels, her tendon had shortened. Pain. I bought her Miu Miu's and added an insole(she also has high arches) and she's been able to wear them without problem.
 

cakelover

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Yes I think some ballerina flats are "too flat", as in the whole sole is completely flat. They don't provide enough cushion for the raised/arch part in the middle of the feet... so after long periods of walking, the middle part of my feet feels really sore.. haha not sure if i'm making sense here :confused1:
 
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This is exactly why I can't ballet flats. My feet just hurt so much in them - it's like i can feel every speck of gravel, every imperfection in the ground when I walk! It's agony.

For flats, I stick with leather drivers or mocassin type shoes. Tods, Cole Haan, Tory Burch and Kate Spade make reallyy cute leather drivers that are VERY comfortable. They definetely offer wayy more support because they have an actual footbed and sole.
 

pooh1001a

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i honesty feel when you trade heels for flats you're just trading one type of pain for another :P i've had flats where the soles are so thin, you feel every agonizing pebble, but others that have regular soles, bu after wearing them for a few hours my feet are killin me! maybe it't the lack of arch support, but i have pretty flat arches...
 

spaceyjacy

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I wear flats a lot(4-6 times a week) and I am usually pretty happy in them. I have to say though, I have never bought a pair like those that have the elastic in the heel. I think it can often indicate that the shoes are too flimsy.
ITA: put a really good insole in those babies and you should be good to go:tup:.