Review: Vince Bogart Flats

I have become a fan of Vince shoes ever since I purchased the Vince Blair 5 sneakers. The aesthetic suits my style perfectly and they fit my feet quite well. One complaint I do have, however, is the inconsistent sizing. But once I can find my size, they are [usually] a dream.

Vince Bogart Flats, $225 via Nordstrom

Vince Bogart Flats, $225 via Nordstrom

When I first saw these Vince Bogart flats, I wasn’t really digging them. They seemed like a way overpriced pair of house slippers. But as I kept seeing them online, they started to grow on me and the good reviews that it has had me intrigued, so I decided to give them a try. I decided that if they were comfortable, they could potentially be a really great casual shoe, and one I could use on my daily commute.

I went ahead and purchased the snakeskin/python pair since it can be a fun and somewhat toned down alternative of the popular leopard print and I don’t yet own a pair.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY | VInce Bogart

DRESSSED ACCORDINGLY | Vince Bogart

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY | Vince Bogart

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY | Vince Bogart

Look: I pulled them out of the box and I thought they were just beautiful. They have a pretty round toe, but not so round that I felt like a little girl. It is just the right mix of slipper/loafer.

Quality/Comfort: The leather is soft and the sole flexible. There is a good amount of padding in the footbed, I definitely don’t feel like I’m walking barefoot which can be true of other flats or slipper-like shoes, but they are definitely not comfort shoes like Clarks or Ecco. I read in one review where the buyer thought the edges were “sharp”. I don’t really find this at all. The leather is very  pliable. I may have felt a bit of “sharpness” in the inner part of my left foot, but I rubbed the edge of the leather with my finger for a minute and it softened right up. I also did not feel like the shoe hit the underside of my ankle bone which can be a problem for me with some shoes and can cause extreme cutting and blistering. They are just the right height.

Fit: TTS. There is a slight gap for my narrow-ish feet, but nothing to complain about. For my smaller right foot, I would put a heel grip under the toeline (the front lip of the shoe) to help fill the gap. And if necessary, also at the heel to help slippage which is what I have done with my many of my other shoes.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY | Vince Bogart

Price: $225, at Nordstrom or $168 at Shopbop with code SPRING25, good through tomorrow, April 9th!

Verdict: Totally worth keeping…at the right price. Purchase is very hard to swallow at full price, but if you find these on sale, I think they are worth the splurge if you plan on wearing them regularly. They work well casually, you may also be able to get away with these at the office depending on how formal and conservative the workplace. Perfect for the commute though!

They also come in black eel skin leather, dark green eel leather and graphite (which, as far as I can tell, has sold out).

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Culottes, or not

Something was bothering me the other day. I could not figure out what the difference was between culottes, gauchos, and a cropped wide leg pant–if there was any difference at all. It seemed to me that the terms were being used interchangeably all over the interwebs. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to do some research of my own.  And after a little digging, I discovered that technically, culottes are a cropped wide leg pant that is flowy and drapes like a skirt. The two should actually be almost indistinguishable when worn (and just standing still). Gauchos on the other hand are a cropped wide leg pant that stops below the knee with a bit more structure. And finally, cropped wide leg pants is the catch-all for pretty much wide leg pants including those that do not fall into the culotte/gaucho category. I am probably the only person that really cares about the technical difference, but I thought I’d share. 🙂

I’ve mentioned culottes/cropped wide leg pants quite a few times in my column over at Forbes Style File, but I never thought I would actually purchase a pair for myself. I mean, a cropped, wide-leg pant on a petite? A disaster just potentially waiting to happen. But when I saw these petite crops at Ann Taylor on sale, I thought it was worth a go. I fully expected to return them, but  I was pleasantly surprised! They do have somewhat of a leg-shortening effect (although my strappy shoes probably don’t help the matter), but they are just so chic, I’m willing to overlook this.

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CulottesClub Monaco Lindy Trench (similar) / Ann Taylor Factory Tank / Ann Taylor Cropped Wide Leg Pants/ Ann Taylor Evelyn Double Strap D’Orsay Shoes / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Forever21 Rings / Essie Marshmallow Nail Polish

The trick for a proportional look? Treat culottes or a cropped wide leg pant as if it was a midi-skirt. The most flattering place to hit is above or below the widest point of the calves. Add a heel to elongate the leg and it makes for a beautiful silhouette.

I am wearing 00P in these cropped pants. Some very small-waisted petites may find these a bit large, but since I am more ruler-shaped, I found these just fine.  The waist measures 27.5 inches lying flat. The crepe fabric is quite heavy and made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex. According to the label, it is machine-washable! Also, another thing to note, there is a single pleat in the front of the pant, which I think helps give it a beautifully tailored tapered look, but some ladies may not be a fan and might prefer something with more of a straight leg or culotte. They are on sale for $69.99 and AT is currently having an extra 40% off online with code GOSPRING, bringing the price down to approximately $42. It comes in navy blue and black in petite and regular sizing.

I’m totally digging the Ann Taylor Evelyn Double Strap D’Orsay shoes, as well. I’ve really been needing an alternative to my classic black pumps that you’ve seen in a majority of my posts over the last few years, but finding a good shoe fit for my fussy feet is no easy task. The double strap is perfect to hold down my feet and the pointy-toe gives the shoe a bit of edge while still remaining work-appropriate. For any one interested, take your regular shoe size. These shoes are also currently on sale for $134.99 plus an extra 40% off online bringing the price down to approximately $81.

What do you think of the culotte/cropped wide-leg pant trend? Will you be taking part?

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Review: Vince Camuto Dally Espadrille Flats

Last year, I wasn’t fully on board with the look of these espadrille flats.  They just seemed like an unnecessary amalgamation of a loafer and an espadrille. But I laid eyes on this Vince Camuto pair and thought that they were worth a try. What I was drawn to mostly was the color. I really like the nude/black combination.

via Nordstrom, $98.95

Vince Camuto Dally Leather Espadrille Flats via Nordstrom, $98.95

A few IRL photos to start:

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Look:  As I mentioned, I was really drawn to the nude/black leather combination. It just seemed as if the should could be dressed up a bit more rather than just to a picnic or beach like other espadrille flats I’ve seen.  The fact that it’s made of leather also gives it a bit of edge. The cap-toe itself is made of canvas. It also comes in black with a black cap-toe. The sole of the shoe is a bit weird in that only partially made of rubber but I guess that’s fine as I prefer there to be no slippage when I walk:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY | Vince Camuto Dally

Fit/Sizing: TTS. Although for my narrow-ish feet, you can see there is room around my foot. If you have a medium-width foot or a wide-ish foot, these will probably fit better.

Quality: They leather is thin, but very soft. I do think because the leather is soft it will probably stretch out. If you have wide feet, this is probably good news. The shoes seem to be of pretty good quality over all.

Comfort: As I mentioned, the leather is super soft. I don’t foresee any rubbing within the shoe. There is also a thin leather lining in the footbed but no padding otherwise.

Price: $98.95. Use code SHOESNBAGS at Amazon for 20%, good until April 6! (Or price match at Nordstrom–petal almost sold out, but still available in black!)

Verdict: Return. They are just not a good fit for my medium-narrow feet, but I do love the color and they seem to be of pretty good quality. If it weren’t for the fit issue, I’d love to keep.

 

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Any thoughts on these Vince Camuto espadrille flats?

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