Insomniac Sale Picks: Cute Commuter Shoes

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Catherine requested a few picks for cute shoes for walking to work, so here we go:

keen ballet flat

Keen Maderas Ballerina – was $60, now $34.99

Catherine isn’t a huge fan of ballet flats, so I’m going to get my “close but not quite” pick out of the way first. Especially since these aren’t exactly your typical ballet flats and might pass muster. Keens are renowned for comfort and durability, and this pair is slightly sporty but neutral enough that they could work with office-appropriate outfits, at least for a walking commute. This gray is only available in US sizes 8 – 10.5, and is grouped with the same style in coral, lime green, and lavender. But the same style comes in blue, red, or white in sizes 5 – 10.5. The whole Maderas family is worth checking out, including lace-ups and slip-ons.

tsubo rylee

Tsubo Rylee – was $150, now $92.87

For a slightly dressier look and a decidedly non-ballet style, these laceless oxfords are a great option. They’d pair perfectly with most dark dress pants and you’d look polished for your entire walk to work. I’m a lifelong devotee of Tsubos for comfort and design, and love the sleek, minimalist look of this shoe. The subtle contrast of the cap toe is a great detail, and if you opt for burgundy instead of black the cap is a bit more prominent but still fairly low-key. Also comes in solid black patent. Available in US sizes 5.5 – 11. Size availability varies by color.

clarks timeless loafer

Clarks Timeless – was $100, now $85

I can just about hear some of you grumbling about these prices, but here’s the thing, friends: With shoes you’ll be wearing mostly seated or zipping from meeting to meeting on occasion, scrimp. With shoes you’ll be wearing to walk for an hour or more each day to and from your office, spend. Especially if you want both comfort and style. These Clarks will look decent with skirts and dresses and dynamite with slacks. They’ve got a removable insole so you can add your own orthotic if necessary, and come in 2A – EEE widths! Available in this snake, a lighter snake print, black patent croc, brown patent croc, and gray patent croc in US sizes 5 – 12. Size availability varies by color.

dansko olivia leopard

Dansko Olivia – was $145, now $99.99

Danskos are a no-brainer for comfort in walking or standing, and these are a little less chunky than the classic clog. I adore the leopard and think it would be such fun to have a funky printed shoe for commuting, but if rain or dirt are of concern this guy also comes in black leather and black patent. Available in Euro sizes 36 – 43. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for cute commuter shoes:

  1. Dansko – Renowned for comfort and sturdier than ballet flats. In addition to the pair above, I love these Mary Janes.
  2. Dr. Scholl’s – Loads of cute styles from non-gym sneakers to darling and durable flats.
  3. Earth and Earthies – Brands built for walking.

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8 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Cute Commuter Shoes”

  1. Elizabeth Conti-Domingo

    Thanks for this post. I work in a clinical lab and we can’t wear ballet flats as per health and safety regulations. I love the looks of Tsubo Rylee aaaand I can wear it to work! Yay!


    I’ve been eyeing those exact Keen’s for a week now! I actually think that I’m going to go with a pair of Kalso Earth’s, from 6pm as well, that are nicely discounted.

  3. Susan

    I live in NYC so I appreciate this post.
    I bought a pair of Earth Origins at DSW (part of the Earthies brand) a few weeks ago and I really like them. They’re comfortable for walking and they work well if your feet are on the wider side.
    Dr. Scholl’s flats- I’ve had bad luck with them. The construction didn’t hold up with the pavement here. Luckily I bought them a discount, but still.

  4. Emma -

    I actually like those oxfords, and they look great in burgundy too! I never thought I would be able to say that about comfortable shoes.
    I was wondering if you might be able to do a post on warm hats that don’t make you look like a 5 yr old? I’m not SUPER into the very vintage look either, although I’m a bit more open to persuasion on that one. With short hair I find myself getting colder quicker but my beanie does look quite childish.
    Thanks Sally 🙂

      • Peach

        I second this suggestion (when the weather gets cooler again). Complicating things for me is that I have a larger than average head, plus thick hair, so most hats are too small. Thanks!

  5. Kirsty

    I would love to see one of these on quilted leather handbags (that have reasonable postage all the way to NZ- quite an ask I know!) and preferably in some cute colours. 🙂

  6. Jessica M.

    The other thing about these prices…if you’re walking to work, you aren’t driving and burning gas. Unless I’m really and truly broke, I’m more than willing to put two or three tanks’ worth of gas money into quality shoes so I can walk to work – better for the environment AND my health. And when you look at it that way, they pay for themselves pretty quickly in terms of my personal budget too.