It’s not rare to find an amazing bargain in Target. Quite the opposite in fact–for the savvy shoppers out there, you’ll undoubtedly run into a plethora of good-quality clothing at discounted prices within those bright, shiny walls of Target Australia, and the treasure I’ve uncovered there only a few weeks ago is certainly nothing to sneer at.
Flats! Those good ol’ genuine (buttery) leather ballet flats. To say they’re simply amazing is an understatement–it’s gotten to the stage where it’s becoming difficult to construct an outfit post because these babies are featuring in all my recent outfit choices. I really don’t want to be that blogger who wears the same old shoes, handbag or.. er, hat with every outfit post, so my readership has had to go without for a few weeks. So now you’ll know the reason why–Target, you have ruined my blog forever with your cozy, comfortable, casual shoes.
To you, they’re the same old boring ballet flats that everyone else wears, but to me, they’re miracle shoes. I’ve made it no secret my dislike of cheap, flimsy, synthetic ballet flats sold at every low-grade department store or boutique alike. They give your feet blisters, they make your feet sweat, and they simply look horrible! I don’t know about you, but to me, some of the flat shoes out there are the ugliest creations known to man, and make a part of a person’s anatomy that isn’t all that beautiful to begin with appear even worse.
The really cheap and nasty ones will make your ankles roll inwards, worsening a problem I see in people almost every day (flat feet!), and are even often built with the inner arch side of the shoe as open and flattened out as possible to actually cater towards the people who have foot problems from wearing those shoes. Not to mention absolutely no coverage or support whatsoever around the widest part of the foot, resulting in your foot spilling over the edge of the shoe, and the ever-popular toe cleavage that makes your foot like it’s being squashed into not only a cheap-looking shoe, but a cheap-looking shoe that is 4 sizes too small.
If you think I’m ranting unnecessarily, let me justify myself–up until a few weeks ago, flats just really bothered me! Because of their awful construction, I always felt like I was waddling instead of walking in them, I’ve never really felt elegant or damsel-like in them, and as such never even bothered looking at shoes that had less than an inch of heel in the back. They were ugly, uncomfortable, and utterly impossible! Give me a pair of 4-inch stilettos any day over a pair of flats! That all changed when I was introduced to these babies.
Leather from the inside and out. This is bad news for you vegans out there, but nothing feels better than a pair of soft leather shoes caressing your feet as you walk. I was as surprised by the materials of this shoe almost as much as I was surprised by the current price–$24.80! I have no idea what made these shoes so discounted; they’re utterly amazing and I’ve worn the black pair below no less than 40 times since I bought them and yet they still look brand new. In such a classic style, in two classic colours–shoes that really do go with everything–I couldn’t resist buying another pair in nude and another in black after my initial purchase.
And look–no toe cleavage or spilling over or rolled ankles!
You’ll find the black pair and the nude pair on the Target website for a little more than I paid in-store ($29.88), but they’re still a good buy if you can’t find them in-stores (saves you the bus trip, too, you can click and collect for free and pick them up the next time you happen to be in the neighborhood). Even my mother, the original frugalista herself, jumped on the bandwagon and bought two black pairs, urging me to buy as many as I could in-store because in her (translated) words, “All-leather shoes for $25 that look great and fit perfectly is nothing to sneeze at, my dear“.