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You Don’t Say? The D’Orsay Flat

A kaleidoscope of D'Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne

A kaleidoscope of D’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne

You know how you see women wearing running shoes en route to work, then changing to high heels?  Promise me, you’ll never be that woman.  God invented ballet flats for a reason.  And this season, the D’Orsay flat is hitting the mainstream.

Bonjour sexy! D'Orsay High Heel in a suede colour block

Bonjour sexy! D’Orsay High Heel in a suede colour block

This style of shoe is named after Count Alfred d’Orsay, a 19th Century gentleman about town and an artist friend of Lord Byron. The cut-out sides were introduced to accommodate wider feet but this style has been widely adopted in women’s footwear.  Made with a vamp that curves around closely to the foot, exposing the instep (ahem shoe porn). While we see this a lot in high heels, last season Jenni Kayne‘s version of the D’Orsay flat has made this one beloved look to watch!

She's a fan: Jessica Alba is often spotted wearing various colours of the JK D'Orsay flat. Jalouse.

She’s a fan: Jessica Alba is often spotted wearing various colours of the JK D’Orsay flat. Jalouse.

I'm partial to the texture of these Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flats

I’m partial to the texture of these Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flats

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