gap city flat
I went to two different Gaps tonight to scope out merch that I might be able to use my killer 50% off Groupon on, but I only found one cardigan I really loved; and since you have to use the entire coupon at once (can’t split up your purchases like a gift card), I decided to wait and save it.
That doesn’t mean I left empty-handed, though, especially since they were throwing around 30% off coupons!
So I got this!
“What is it?” you ask? A bag! And what’s inside? Let me show you.
Ok, so that probably doesn’t help. Those are shoes! Yes, shoes folded up!
I heard about CitySlips a while back and had been wanting to try them, what with my endless walking around Chicago – especially when they got a rave on the AnywearGirl blog. For those who don’t know, they are flats that fold up in a bag to take out ‘n’ about and change into whenever your feet hurt – a more stylish and space-saving alternative to Emergency Flip-Flops! (™ Jamie Madison) But I wasn’t sold on the shape of CitySlips, wasn’t sure what they looked like ON your feet, and didn’t feel like spending $24.95 (plus shipping) just to find out and maybe end up not liking them.
I also recently saw a really cheapo version from Dr. Scholl’s at Walgreens called Fast Flats. A for effort, Dr. Scholl’s! I was impressed to see them jump on this trend so soon. And while they are certainly affordable and may very possibly be comfortable, they really look as cheap as they cost ($12.99), to the point that I simply wouldn’t be interested in wearing them.
FootzyRolls ($12.99–$30.00) are another of these grab ‘n’ go flats, but apparently those were pimped by Oprah, and I could never knowingly jump on her bandwagon.
The main issue I have with all of the above, though, is that while they may be thin and have a tread to their soles, there’s not much structure or padding. So when I saw the Gap City Flat with cushioned soles, I was intrigued.
It’s the split in the middle between heel and ball of foot allows them to fold so nicely. They do run a bit small, however. The size 9 (my usual size) technically fit, and while it didn’t feel tight to the point of pain, it was definitely tight to the point of ugliness. The thickness of the fabric, the texture, I don’t know – something made it look decidedly not cute. I couldn’t find a 9.5, so I grabbed a 10, which was much better and didn’t feel big either.
At $39.50 they are certainly pricey, but a) there’s more to them with the cushioning, and b) they’re on the cuter side. Also, like I said, I got 30% off.
You can find the Gap City Flat in a few colors on their website, but there are a million billion colors & textures in store. Ok, maybe not that many, but off the top of my head, I remember: black, grey, pink, bright red, dark red, blue, purple, gold, silver, champagne, and this sort of pewter-y/bronze-y color I got. The shade is different in different lights. I can’t wait to hit the streets in them!
I wore them all day Friday, and they immediately dug into my heels. Around lunch time, I went to go get some heel cushions, but they still dig pretty badly. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED, and I’m sure I won’t be able to return them since, hello, they’ve been worn. What a bust. Unless I just have very sensitive heels – I might, since I utilize heel liners quite a bit. Very curious if anyone else has the same issue or if it’s just me. But maybe I just need to break them in. Fingers crossed.
Looks like it really was just breaking them in, because I tried them again today (8/31/2010), slipping into them after working in heels all day, and they felt FINE! Thank goodness! I was so afraid I was out the money I spent. So here’s your warning: they will prob take some breaking in and/or heel liners. But still curious about anyone else’s experience with them, so feel free to let me know!