Can somebody tell me what is the deal with some of the shoes from Target lately? What is with the elastic on the sides and the curled up soles of some of their ballet flats? Is anybody else doing this, or just Target?
I recently bought two such pairs of shoes. The zebra ones were on clearance at Target, for about $5. The black rosette ones were $3.99 at Goodwill, new and unworn. Target seems to have some kind of arrangement with GW, as you can often find just out-of-season Target stock there.
Now, it was not lost on me that these shoes look ridiculous as is, but the potential for cuteness was there, and I guess I was hoping that they would look normal on your feet and flatten out once worn.
My shoe size is 6.5, but in ballet flats I usually get a 6, even though they are a little snug. Otherwise, they tend to slip off my heel as I walk.
The zebras are a 6, and as you can see, not only does top edge of the heel curve in beyond the norm, they have a scalloped edge all the way around. I was in a hurry and didn’t try them on in the store. When I got them home and put them on, I immediately knew that if I took more than two steps in them those scallops would cut my foot to bits, thanks largely to the inward curve. Very uncomfortable! And somehow I lost the receipt, even though my intent was to return them if they didn’t fit, so I’m out that $5 (I paid cash, so they can’t look it up on my card). Too bad, cuz if they were normal flats they would be so cute!
The black ones are size 6.5. I wore them to church on Sunday. This may be a total fashion faux pas, but I wore them with black trouser socks because a) it was pretty chilly, and b) my ankles are not cute. They did not slip off my heel, I guess because of the elastic, but you know what? They still looked stupid on my foot! The curve is still pronounced, giving one’s foot an unflattering truncated appearance. I think you’d have to get a full size too small in order for your foot to stretch them out flat.
See? Not cute. Kind of stumpy.
They bulge out strangely at the side, too.
So, am I missing something here? Is this a new trend? Does anybody know why?