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Why I Love Ja-Vie Flats

I'm really excited to share with you my experience with a new line of shoes. I think you'll love them.

My middle sister put me and my youngest sister Laura in contact with a former colleague of hers (ya with me?) who is part of the Ja-vie team -- creators of innovative, stylish-yet-comfortable flats. They sent me a pair to try out in order to give an honest review.

All I have to say is, where was this company when I was walking all over Europe last year?! These would have been perfect for the miles and miles we walked each day! Oh goodness, and when I was pregnant with lower back pain? I would have lived in these. Walking around campus during my college days, I could have actually looked cute without bandaids plastered to the back of my heels.


They are definitely my new favorite shoes. I have the nude/black combo in the top right above, and the animal print flats are already heading my way as the second pair I'll own. The insole is what makes them so undeniably comfortable.

Today I paired them with leggings, a tank, and a cardi-wrap for an easy work-at-home "uniform."


The ironic part of this is that when I wore them outdoors to capture the shot above, they got super muddy. A combination of drizzly rain and a recent aeration of our lawn had red mud pellets stuck all over the bottom of the shoe. An unintentional way to truly put them to the test for this review! Never have I been so happy for the machine-washable quality of these shoes.



As you can see, they were bad off.

I just removed the  leather insoles, tossed the shoes in a laundry bag and put them in a cold-water quick cycle. Thirty minutes later, they were good as new, and they air-dried surprisingly quickly. The photo below was taken after they were all washed and dried. Clean as a whistle.


Regarding sizing, I typically wear a 7.5, and the size 38 fit me perfectly. If you wear a half-size, they recommend sizing up, and their site contains a helpful sizing chart.



Starting today, they have just added a lot of new colors and patterns to their line. You can find your favorite style here.

Shipping is very reasonable on their site, however you may use the code SMIDGE for free shipping (up to $15) through Saturday, October 4th.

Additionally, my sister Laura of The Reedy Review and I are teaming up to host a giveaway for a pair of shoes! Here's how to enter to win a pair of Ja-vies of your choice:

+ Visit the Ja-vie website to browse their current shoe designs
+ Leave a comment below with a pattern or color idea for a pair of Ja-vies that you would like to wear (ex.: I'd personally love to see a black and white striped pair)
+ One comment per person, please
+ Giveaway will run through midnight on Sunday, October 5th
+ Laura and I will announce the winner on our blogs on Monday, October 6th.

Good luck to you! I can't wait to hear your experiences with these shoes. :)

162 comments:

  1. April! These are amazing!! So great for a busy mom on the go! I would love the camel leopard flats! xoxo
    Meggan Simply Chic Style

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  2. Those are so cute! I love the black cap and camel pair.

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  3. I've been searching for a pair of leopard print flats for fall--the camel leopard print Ja-vies would be perfect! Love that they are washable, too!!

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  4. I would love it if they came out with some kind of a gold patterned flat because I love wearing gold in the fall/winter...but right now I love the ones you have! I would definitely rock the black cap/nude beige flats this fall. I love that they are washable too! That's the best feature ever!

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  5. I think something nautical, say navy with gold anchors, would be great for fall

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  6. I would love green w/gold polka dots!

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  7. I love your black cap ones! They seem like awesome flats :)

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  8. Black cap and camel would be perfect for fall! Love flats but it is hard to find a comfortable pair :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. There's nothing better than a cute, COMFY pair of shoes! I've been searching for a comfy pair of solid camel/nude/tan flats but I do really like your camel/black ones!

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  10. Oooh awesome! I would love the black and white dots!

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  11. These look so comfortable, I really like the red ones!

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  12. These look so comfortable. A perfect pair of shoes that can either be dressed up or down depending on your day. I would like to see a gold color one or I also like the Black Cap/Nude beige.
    Thank you for sharing and can't wait to try a pair.

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  13. i really like the camel/black lace flats pictured in the last photo. so pretty!

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  14. How about all nude? Or the navy/anchors suggestion above sound cute too! Thanks to you and your sister for hosting!

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  15. These are so cute and I love that they are comfortable and functional. I'd personally love to see a plaid flat-perfect for fall/winter!

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  16. i walk around the city a lot and am always looking for a new comfy pair of flats. i love the shimmering gold for a neutral. i think they need a striped pair!

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  18. Such a great pair of flats!!! I personally love the BLACK CAP / NUDE BEIGE !!! I can totally see myself living in these flats for the rest of my pregnancy !!

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  19. I LOVE that black/nude pair you tried! I also wouldnt mind looking at a neutral - but more gold, you know?

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  20. I would love a pair of maroon flats!!

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  21. I love the ones you have! I know the season has passed, but seersucker flats would be very cute for next summer. For fall, I would love a hammered gold or bronze look flat.

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  22. These are so great! I have been having such issues with flats recently so I will def. have to check out a pair of these! And machine washable!!! I would love gold and black ones or all brown ones (plain but so useable!)

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  23. These shoes are adorable and I love that they are washable!! I need to replace a pair of old black flats, so I like the plain black, but Leopard is neutral so I'd have to take the camel leopard!! Adorable!!

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  24. The camel leopard flats are great! You can't go wrong with a good leopard pattern ;)

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  25. Would love to see a plaid pair for the Fall! Love that they are washable & comfortable!

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  26. Those looks like amazing shoes, and I love that you can wash them! I'm always on the hunt for a good pair of basic black ballet flats!

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  27. Love the leopard best but snakeskin would be nice too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Oh my word! These shoes look amazing!!! I would looove the nude/black pair...or leopard :) decisions, decisions!

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  29. Between working for a park system, and being married to husband of equal (or slightly lesser) height, I adore a great pair of flats! I am obsessed with the watercolor floral patterns made popular by Ted Baker this past spring and summer...I'd love to see a pair with beautiful floral patterned ones with soft pastel hues!

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  30. what a fun FUN giveaway AND i love me some flats...they go with everything!!! can't lie, i am eyeing those shimmering gold cuties because i love anything with sparkle!!!

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  31. Absolutely love these! They are all lovely! Can't go wrong with Black Cap/Nude Beige and/or Camel Leopard flats! Classics!

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  32. These are awesome! I live in Boone. I do a ton of walking around the hilly campus and am on my feet teaching for hours. I'd love to see a pair of oxblood/maroon color with a camel toe. I think that would be a hit for Fall and Winter! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. Love the shimmering black. So fun for fall!

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  34. I LOVE these! I'd definitely like to grab a pair of the Camel Leopard Print ones :)

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  35. Yay! I would love to see a pair of all light pink/cream/nude. Both the red and the shimmering gold are top choices.
    Thanks!

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  36. I love the navy/khaki baby dots. I have such a hard time finding navy shoes, these would be PERFECT!

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  37. These look so cozy! I'd love if they had an emerald green pair.

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  38. These are amazing!! I agree this would have been a great pair to bring to Europe really love the nude with black cap toe!! But I'd love a black with nude cap toe!!!

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  39. I think navy with hot pink would be a great combo! It's one of my personal favorites.

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  40. I love the navy/khaki baby dots! Obsessed!

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  41. Coming over from the Reed Review - count me in please! As far as new designs, I'm a plain kind if gal - a brown pair that look like leather would suit me just fine!

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  42. These are presh! I would love to see a navy and green pair!

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  43. So cute, and you can't beat how easily they clean up! Would love the nude with the black cap toe :)

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  44. The black cap/nude pair are adorable. I personally would love to see a plum/eggplant pair. I love purple flats.

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  46. These seem like such a great idea. I am always looking for comfy flats for work. I think a basic nude pair would be great. I love your nude flats with the captoe.

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  47. I'm always on the hunt for a pair of comfy flats...and am in love with polka dots. How about a black/gold combo with a larger dot? I can see the cuteness now. Thanks April!

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  48. I would definitely wear the camel leopard pair or just solid black since I'm a violinist (can't have enough black!)
    I think it would be cool to see other patterns like hounds tooth maybe? And just more color options... but the ones they have right now are all cute!

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  49. Whoa, these are amazing! I love the black cap/nude beige ones, but I think a bright hot pink pair would be super fun! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  50. I love the nude with black cap toe but wouldn't leopard with a black cap toe look awesome?!

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  51. So glad y'all shared about these flats - they sound amazing!! How awesome they clean so well :) I love the nude and black ones y'all got, they would go with everything! I think a solid, darker charcoal grey would go with a lot too!!

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  52. I love the nude with black toes! I have another pair with the same coloring and I have almost worn them out!

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  53. These are just what I need for an upcoming trip to NYC! I think the Shimmering Black would be great for travel!

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  54. Thanks for sharing!! I would love to see a navy & nude combo!

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  55. So cute! It's so hard to choose but I am loving the nude with the black tip!

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  56. I would love to see a black and white or grey and black herringbone pattern! Super cute for fall and winter!

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  57. So cute! I love the leopard flats! I think a black and white herringbone pattern would be cute!

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  58. Hands down the camel leopard flats. LOVE! Leopard is totally a neutral in my world :) Great giveaway!

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  59. How cool!! I love the Black Cap/Nude Beige ones :)

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  60. These people obviously know what it's like to be on your feet all day- these shoes look like the ultimate solution for my feet! The windowpane design is big this season and I think the shoes would be adorable with that look.

    Thanks again!

    Heather | Style Prescription

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  61. I love the black cap/nude beige and the black jelly. These are super cute!!

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  62. These are so great!! I would love to see an all nude color!!

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  63. Hi April!
    As a mom of 4 kiddos under 5 years old- I am always looking for comfortable AND stylish shoes for the crazy days of running every which way! These flats are perfect! I would love to see a matte finish turquoise colored pair!

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  64. Love these styles already! Something for Spring.... Maybe a Lilly pink & green cap toe would be fun! Or even polka dots. What a neat idea!

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  65. I would love to see orange,burgandy, eggplant, or hunter green for the fall!

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  66. I am lusting over several of the patterns...seriously. I would love to see solid nude and aspectator tpe navy white for spring! Fab!

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  67. These just made my list!! I would love to see polka dots. (but I love the animal print they have!)

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  68. Uniqueness! Love that this is essentially a sock with a shell and that insole to boot! How about some burnt orange with polka dots! Not teeny tiny polka dots but substantial sized dots, that might be fun for the fall!

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  69. OMG these are so cute! I love that you included the pictures when you got them muddy and that they cleaned perfectly. That's so great for a mom on the go. :) I love the sporty yellow with gray jelly.

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  70. Love these! I've been looking for a great flat for work and running errands around town. Love them all especially leopard, gold shimmery, and black cap!

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  71. These are great! I am just in love with the nude/black pair. For the future, I'd love to see a cobalt blue. So classic, yet still adding a bit of pizazz!

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  72. These are awesome! I'd love to see them in white and black or navy and white polka dots. Thanks for the giveaway! I love reading your blog.

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  73. Every girl needs a good pair of comfy flats but I never want to wear mine after it rains because I am afraid of ruining them. It is nice to know these will not get ruined. I would love a good navy with a green cap toe. Or for fall a nice burgundy color.

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  74. Would love to see a blue pair with gold polka dots...

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  75. I'd love to see an burnt orange pair...perfect for fall!!

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  76. I live in Europe AND am pregnant! Sign me up for the black & nude ones, please!

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  77. I would LOVE BLACK CAP / NUDE BEIGE!

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  78. I would love the camel/black pair!

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  79. I would love to see an aqua color! Or even a bright pink. Either would be really fun!

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  80. I would love an all nude or nude and navy!

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  81. I would love to see a black with gold cap pair. Classic combination!

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  82. I would love the black cap/nude pair. So cute!

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  83. I love the nude with black cap, but would love to see a grey/black snakeskin (though your black and white stripe idea would be fun too!).

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  84. Love the black cap/ beige shoes! Always looking for a comfortable flat

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  85. I love the black cap/ nude beige flats! They would be perfect for the weather here!
    Erika W.

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  86. These are great! I love flats, but sometimes they aren't at all comfortable... these seem great! I think a bronzey-metallic color would be great, but I LOVE the leopard ones as well!

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  87. I would like something with a fleur de lis pattern!

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  88. These are just what I've been looking for!! These will be perfect for long days of teaching. I love the nude and black pair, because it will go with everything!

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  89. Love the black cap/nude. They look amazing

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  90. OMG These look amazing! The first thing I thought was "these would be great for tailgating." It's always a long day of visiting friends and then four hours of standing while cheering on your team. I need these! I think a garnet/cranberry and black stripe would be so cute.

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  91. Wow, these shoes look fantastic! As someone who has flat feet and ankle problems, they seem like something that could really benefit me. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the great giveaway! If I were to win, I think I would choose the gorgeous camel leopard print. :)

    xo Always, Abby

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  92. These look incredible! I'm going to get a pair ASAP.

    I would love to see a polka dot pair. But if I win, I definitely want the nude and black ones that you have!

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  93. So glad you shared these with us! I love the black cap/nude pair!

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  94. These shoes are adorable --I love the black/whit baby dots!

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  95. These look so comfy! I'd love to see some fun prints for this spring - daisy prints, etc!

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  96. I would love to see some more animal prints, maybe girraffe or zebra! Love the leopard though!!

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  97. I would love these! I think taupe and white striped with a gold toe would be adorable, however I am coveting that red pair :)

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  98. I thought I left a comment earlier, but not 100% sure I posted correctly. Sorry if this is a double post, but I do love these flats. They look so comfortable! Loving the nude and black & the green and navy. They are too cute to only have one favorite!

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  99. Love these shoes! I love all of their current choices and would choose the pair that you have. I think a cute, subtle camo would be really cute to pair with black leggings! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leigh Anne

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  100. These are brilliant! I have never heard of them before but would love an easy go-to shoe that I could wear all day even when I have to take the pups out. Love your pair- very chanel-ish :)

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  101. These are so cool! I have been looking for a pair of shoes just like this. I'd love a polka dot pair!

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  102. I like the basic black with black jelly!

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  103. These are super cute! I think they should do a snakeskin.

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  104. I love that you can machine wash! I would love a navy and camel or red/black combo.

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  105. Im always on the look-out for a cute AND comfy pair of flats! Love to see a gold and white chevron pattern, or a plaid :)
    Whitney

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  106. I would love to see them in burgundy!


    Cindy Aiton
    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. Oh my goodness how cute! I would love the camel leopard flats. They are perfect for a workin' mama on the go! What a great accessory :)

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  108. I am torn between the green cap/navy ones and the camo flats in the fall collection. But really, they are all cute and look comfy!

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  109. Love the black and nude! I know I'd wear them all the time!!

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  110. I would love the camel leopard flats - perfect for fall!

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  111. I love a good nude flat. Would love to see an all nude shoe or a back with a nude cap!

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  112. Thanks for sharing these! I could really use a pair ;)

    Camel leopard flats are amazing!

    Justine
    www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

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  113. I love the nude and black flats!! I would love to see a leopard or cheetah print with a brown toe! :) So cute!!

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  114. I wear flats all day everyday at work and these look like a great addition to my closet! I am a fan on neutrals so I would love to see a deep chocolate brown to wear during fall!!!

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  115. I have been on a hunt for comfortable work shoes! I am on my feet a lot. My feet have also been swelling so I want something pliable and moveable. Looking forward to checking them out. I would love to see a maroon color and a gray and black combo.

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  116. Super cute, and bonus that they are super comfortable! I think the ones you chose, the black with nude are my favorite, a staple classic in my book!

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  117. I would love the camel leopard flat!!!!!!!!!!1

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  118. I love the two pairs you chose!!
    and maybe they could make a purple pair hey?

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  119. I love the camel/black lace ones! These look great! Super comfy!

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  120. I would love to see navy with a metallic gold cap. Such cute shoes!

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  121. I think I'll be purchasing the nude/black as they'll go with so much! I'm a huge fan of plaid - houndstooth would be fab!

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  122. I am super boring and would love the all black ones! So versatile and would match anything I wear to work. Though all of them are super cute!

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  123. These are amazing! I love the shimmering black lurex, but a nice camel pair would be great for Fall too! They would be so great for work! Thank y'all for hosting! :)

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  124. Love the nude with black cap that you chose ... Would love a pair for our trip to Italy in April!

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  125. Love love love these, black cap with camel!!

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  126. I would love to see a navy pair with stylized small shimmery stars (not the classic 5-point stars).

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  127. I would love the black cap/nude pair! I'm looking for a comfortable pair of flats just like these for work. Comfy shoes while pregnant are a must! Thanks for sharing these shoes!

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  128. Love! They should do a college line with school colors, scarlet and gray would be perfect to wear to my Buckeyes football games :).

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  129. Super cute shoes! I'd like to see houndstooth with black or beige.

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  130. Holy cow there were a lot of comments on this post! :) I am going to add this to my "must try" list. I have never been a fan of flats, but I've been on the move so hardcore lately and half the time it's with a 20 plus lb baby that heels are not an option. I also, however, do not want to look frumpy. These look absolutely perfect for what I need!! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Samara

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  131. I would love to win the black pair with baby dots. These shoes are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. I'd love if the dots came in more colors.

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  133. I think a navy with polka dots would be perfect :)!

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  134. nude flats with a hot pink cap toe!

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  135. I would love the Leopard design. Super cute shoes and I love that you can wash them.

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  136. I would love to see an all nude pair!

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  137. Nude with a orange cap toe! Love these!

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  138. These are so cute. Love the nude with black toe or even camel black lace.

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  139. So so cute! I love the dual tone ones (cream/black, ahh) I think there's so many ways you could go with it: garnet/black, black/darker brown, and I love gold so honestly any color with gold toe. Excited to see what they do next. Haven't heard if this brand yet, but u think they're on to something. I want a pair (please!!) : )

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  140. I love these! I've been sticking to flats lately! Love the camel with the black cap!

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  141. I have looked at all the colors they offer, and am in love! An so is my 13 year old, too bad our shoe sizes are extremely far apart lol. The camel/black cap and navy/ white dot are my existing favs. I'm a brown tone gal and would love a rich chocolate color with a with a cream dot :)

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  142. Ohhh I'd love to have a fun pair of polka dot ones, so cute!

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  143. Would love to see a chevron pair! -Lindsay C.

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  144. I would love navy blue or a pair with small polka dots. These look so comfortable! Thanks for sharing! -Jess

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  145. These are great! I would love a pale pink for next spring!

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  146. I love flats, especially cute - comfy and WASHABLE! The leopard has my name all over them :)

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  147. I would love to have a pair in cheerful patent orange, maybe with hot pink piping? So cute.

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  148. I love the leopard and the nude and black. Can't decide which to try!

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  149. After reading about these shoes on Laura's blog, I ordered the shimmering silver. They came within a few days and I love them. The leopard print pair has been screaming at me too!

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  150. I love the navy khaki baby dots! They look so comfy and cute! Thanks!

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