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Fall’s Best Cap-Toe Flats for Under $100

No matter how much you love fashion, you can’t survive in heels alone. Even the most determined girls can’t go all night in their sky-high heels, no matter how many cocktails they’ve had to numb the pain — though, we’ve certainly seen a few try! During Fashion Week, the ultimate shoe gauntlet, we spied many a girl switching from her comfortable flats into her knockout statement-heels in the park across from Lincoln Center. Honestly, that ubiquitous C©line Luggage Tote can hold anything, so it might as well carry some some sensible shoes to balance out the investment of the bag! If you’re looking for something chic for the quick change or to keep your feet happy from the get-go, we’ve sourced some designer-inspired flats that you don’t have to put away. The best part? Not a single pair will cost you more than $100. Happy shopping!

Prada Colorblock Spazzolato Leather d’Orsay

Anne Klein Plural

Inspiration: Prada Colorblock Spazzolato Leather d’Orsay at $550

You’ll love the: Anne Klein Plural at $79

Prada’s shoes are some of the most covetable pieces of any collection, so it’s no surprise that an attention-grabbing sandal such as their Colorblock d’Orsay is on the wish list of editors and bloggers alike. Can’t handle the height? We’re loving Anne Klein’s spin on colorblocking, which takes this simple flat from a comfortable alternative to something you’ll want to wear.

Available at Zappos.

Sam Edelman Lorissa

ASOS Lover










InspirationSam Edelman Lorissa pump at $200

You’ll love the: ASOS Lover at $48.29

Sam Edelman’s spiked-heel shoe has been a blogger favorite (and celebrity go-to) since its debut. But not everyone can handle the off-balance design — we’ve seen a few girls take a tumble in these menacing peep-toes. ASOS takes the silver detailing and moves it to the front in their Lover flat, which isn’t just easier on your feet, it’s easier on your wallet, too. Hell, for that price buy another couple of pairs, too!

Available at ASOS.

Chanel ballet flats

Vince Camuto Fico

Inspiration: the classic Chanel ballet flat at $585

You’ll love the: Vince Camuto Fico at $98

There are few things that have the allure of the double-Cs, but it’s not just price that keeps ladies from picking up a pair of the label’s classic flats.

The truth is, as chic as they look, they’ve got a flat leather sole and nary a hint of arch support. If you’re more about comfort than couture, the Vince Camuto Fico flat doesn’t just have a padded insole, it’s got a cushion-y leather heel (and a textured leather sole) that will keep your feet comfortable and sturdy on wet asphalt.

Available at Zappos.

Tory Burch Peggy Tweed Pump

Tommy Hilfiger Cenape

Inspiration: the Tory Burch Peggy Tweed Pump at $325

You’ll love the: Tommy Hilfiger Cenape at $75

Tory Burch is the reigning queen of accessories — especially flat shoes. But every mom, sister and aunt has a pair of her classic Reva ballets by now. Her heels are starting to gain the same traction in the fashion world as her go-to flats, especially ones like the Peggy pump, which blends nubby tweed with slick black accents. We found the same combo in Tommy Hilfiger’s Cenape, which is low in altitude but high on style. It’s got the same textural contrasts — shiny black and rustic, earthy tweed — at a price you can’t beat.

Available at Zappos.

Lanvin Cap-toe Ballerina

Banana Republic Alana Bow Ballet Flat











Inspiration: Lanvin Cap-toe Suede Ballerina Flat at $550

You’ll love: the Banana Republic Alana Bow Ballet at $98

Lanvin is known for its feminine flats that are beautiful, bejeweled and bowed (albeit with deliberately scruffy ones). For fans of mixed media, like us, the combo of matte and shine in Banana Republic’s Alana flat is a cute way to add some oomph to a run-of-the-mill ballerina. And just as Lanvin’s flats come in myriad colors and materials, Banana offers its in just as many. Whether you want metallic accents, exotic skin detailing or a rainbow of leathers, heading to Banana before you splurge on those Lanvins might just leave you with a few extra bucks to spend on one of Lanvin’s statement jewelry pieces. We think that’s investment shopping, for you!

Available at Banana Republic.

Photos courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Tory Burch, ASOS, Zappos and Banana Republic

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Cheap Thrills: Modern Ensemble’s Jennifer Wilson Picks the Skinny Belt

J. Crew Skinny Perforated Leather Belt

When it comes to accessories, belts aren’t usually high on the list for ladies. Guys see them as a staple, but girls might look at a belt and see it as a little something extra. But reconsider the notion, because a little belt is the perfect way to add a touch more to an outfit, polishing it off and giving it just the right amount of punch without going over the line. Modern Ensemble’s Jennifer Wilson is a fan of these petite add-ons, adding them to her rotation of high-waisted denim, bohemian maxis and more.

“Lately I have been accessorizing with thin belts a lot,” Wilson says.

“I love J.Crew€™s selection and a simple belt can really give an outfit a finished look in any season.”

And even better, you can almost always snag a belt for much less than $100 and since they’re usually built tough, you won’t be needing to replace them every season, either. A rotation of black and brown is great, but don’t underestimate the power of a little animal print or a bright, bold hue.

Available at J. Crew.

Jennifer Wilson is the founder of Modern Ensemble.