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Poised Perfection: D’Orsay Flats

It’s about time that the ballet flat raised the fashion bar. Swapping the sometimes too-sweet appeal for a more sophisticated (yet flirty) shape, the traditional flat isn’t afraid to reveal a little skin this season – say hello to the divine d’Orsay flat!

Even the French flair of the name d’Orsay (pronounced door-say) fittingly describes the refined, romantic feel of this shoe. The d’Orsay is simply a flat that has the middle section (also known as the vamp) carved out, revealing the arch of the foot. It also has a slightly more pointed toe. Who knew that such a subtle cutout change could transform the flat? A peek of chic works wonders – and the d’Orsay flat is the perfect go-to style for when rounded ballet flats or mules feel a bit too casual.

Habitual heel-wearers will even adore the haute couture appeal of the d’Orsay flat – all while still adding some “ooh-la-la” to their step without the height. And you can dress d’Orsay flats up or down – pair them with cut-off pants or jeans, work trousers, pencil skirts, shorts . . . the sky’s the limit!

You’ll also enjoy the best of both fashion worlds with the d’Orsay flat. It’s a modern shoe with a familiar old-school retro side – so no need to worry about it becoming a short-lived fashion fad. The d’Orsay flat will make you feel pretty and poised for many years to come.

So go ahead– refresh your favorite flats collection with a pair of d’Orsay flats – we’ll have your new favorite pick right here at ShoeMall!

Unlisted Next Serve (Women’s) 

Unlisted Next Serve

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Simple, chic textured style at its best – you can’t go wrong with this raffia-covered d’Orsay. The woven straw detail gives it a casual vibe without losing the fashionable finery. The synthetic leather trim also gives it a nice finishing two-toned touch. Naturally stylish without trying too hard? Yep, this flat has it all.


Report Signature Sophe (Women’s)

Report Signature Sophe

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You don’t need to rock a sky-high heel to turn heads – this eye-catching, elegant d’Orsay flat by Report Signature is a stunner. Quality leather material and a pebbly metallic gold-tone toe add instant upscale appeal – what a treasure! Give your feet some luxe lovin’ in this d’Orsay flat!


Go Max Women’s Giulia 29 Slip-On

Go Max Giulia 29 Slip-On

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Hesitant to go all-out on the stripped-down d’Orsay style? This half d’Orsay flat by Go Max lets you have just a sneak-peek with its open-yet-closed design. However, it’s no less daring. The delicious dark mint color, asymmetrical cutout, and adjustable cuff ankle belt strap are bold and runway-approved. Indulge your feet in fashion heaven with the Giulia 29 slip-on!


Chinese Laundry Easy Does It (Women’s)

Chinese Laundry Easy Does It

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You don’t always have to play dress up in d’Orsay flats – casual comfort is where it’s at with this camo-fabric d’Orsay flat. Camouflage is a hot trend, too, even for the feminine fashionistas. Pair this with jeans, a black tee, and some bright red (or rich purple) accessories, and you’ll rock the perfect balance of grunge and glam!


Kensie Women’s Evan Slip-On

Kensie Evan Slip-On

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This Kensie d’Orsay flat pays a tribute to the classic penny loafer style. This boxier, almond-toed flat gets a sassy style makeover, thanks to a chic d’Orsay reveal. Patent leather material filled with dazzling studs add to the fierce, fun vibe. No dowdy office duds here – show off your style with the Evan d’Orsay slip-on!

Main image courtesy of Prima Haven