About 90 percent of my shoes are thrifted, so when I do buy a pair, they have to be cheap, fabulous and comfy. This matrix comes together maybe once every two years.
Sadly, the aisles of cheap shoes are filled with stubby-toed flats, platforms the size of bricks and an inordinately large selection of stilettos.
While trendy yet graceful shoes from J.Crew, Madewell, Talbots, Steve Madden, etc. are $70 to $300, here are some similar looks for less.
The bow flat at Kmart (Restricted Footwear Women's Nectarine $32.50)
A tapered toe skimmer flat in happy colors - Urban Outfitters (BDG Leather Pointy Skimmer $34)
The chunky pump - Target (Mossimo Pemota Chunky Heel Pump $24)
The glittery flat or pump - Payless (Chelsea Flat $17)
The colorful suede pump - Target for price, Urban Outfitters for colors (Pemota pump in Coral $24, OU Suede Pump $39)
The animal print pump - Target (Merona Euna Cheetah pump $25)
A really cute tapered animal print flat for around $20 - Still looking.