The nude flat is a wardrobe staple. While I love heels, flats are a necessity for walking to the coffee shop, chasing down the muni, and scaling those San Francisco hills.
Because I wear them so much, I do tend to splurge on nude flats. By breaking down the cost into a price-per-wear I convince myself that the expense is totally reasonable.
That said, I also take great care of my shoes and I get protective soles on them before ever wearing them to ensure the longest life possible. If you live in San Francisco, Galletti Shoe Repair is THE BEST in my opinion (and they have red sole protectors for your Louboutins).
Here are some of my current faves for chic nude flats in every price range:
LC Lauren Conrad Scalloped Ballet Flats now $29 (was $49)
Steve Madden Elusion d’Orsay Flats in Natural $59
Saks Fifth Avenue Leather Point Toe Flats now $79 (was $150)
Sam Edelman ‘Reema’ Half d’Orsay in Oatmeal Suede $109
Neiman Marcus Gertrud Flat now $111 (was $139)
Chloe ‘Lauren’ Scalloped Ballet Flat in Taupe $495
Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Ballerina Flat in Poudre $745