Geek is chic.
The oxford/brogue has been around for a minute, worn with cuffed denim or a floaty dress. They are a great alternative to the ballet flat; same level of comfort with more edge.
Now, fashion can’t leave a girl flat-footed (at least not for long). Enter the loafer pump. Same geeky appeal, sophisticated and a little sassy (especially when it comes in a flashy medium like shiny black patent). Something you could easily wear both to the office and on the town.
A pair of Burberry loafer pumps caught my eye while window-shopping at Nordstrom— love at first sight. I wasn’t so keen on the $695 price tag. Time for a game of This and That:
This super cute pair from Sam Edelman gives the same aesthetic: sharp patent leather, fringed tassels and embroidered detail. The Edelman’s are more dainty than the Burberry’s with slim heel and a less aggressive tread, but this is a still a fine trade. Price tag? $180. Not bad for a shoe that will carry you through several seasons.