Banana Republic Calf Hair Flats

If you’ve been reading about the key fashion trends for Fall, you’ve probably noticed that leopard flats appear on most must-have lists.  This is good news for us animal-print-loving, budget shoppers because it means there will be lots of choices at various price points making it easy for us to find the right pair.

Admittedly, I have purchased several pairs of animal print flats in recent years, but for various reasons I have gotten rid of them.  So, last year, I tried to replace my old flats with the style below from Banana Republic.  But, the shoes sold out in my size in every store I visited and online.

Last weekend,  I visited the Banana Republic Factory Store to return a t-shirt dress that just didn’t work on me, and spotted the flats on sale there for 69.99 plus an additional 40% off.  I tried to contain my excitement at first because I didn’t want to be too disappointed if my size wasn’t available.  But, it was!

A sharp and sleek flat like this pair is such an essential.  Here’s how I might wear the flats to work and on the weekend right now.

Work.  Print mixing lite.  In my mind, animal print shoes are neutral so pairing them with a tiered polka dot top, ecru blazer with navy grosgrain ribbon detail, and black cropped pants didn’t even require a second thought.

Top—Loft, Jacket—Loft, Pants—Loft,
Shoes—Banana Republic Factory Store
Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via eBay

Weekend.  These sleek shoes would look great with anything from a white tee paired with jeans to an LBD.  So, with my tiered BCBG t-shirt dress, they add a chic and comfortable finish.

Dress—BCBG via Filene’s Basement,
Shoes—Banana Republic Factory Store

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. August 12, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    fabulous shoes, I absolutely love these!

  2. August 12, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    I have a pair of leopard print flats (mine are from Banana Republic's kid sister store, Old Navy) that I LOOOOOVVVVEEE! I wear them so much more than I ever thought I would – somehow leopard translates to a neutral to me, so they get mixed and matched with a lot.

  3. August 12, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    Cute flats.

  4. August 12, 2011 / 5:14 pm

    I just picked up a pair of BR flats, and I've found the quality to be pretty great. Would you say the same for the calf-hair version?

    For some reason, I'm kind of afraid of animal print… so even if I admire it in stores, I never actually purchase it. Your tip of treating them like a neutral would probably help with styling them. I'll have to think on it. Lookin' really cute, as always! 🙂

  5. August 13, 2011 / 7:21 pm

    I love, love, love those shoes with that BCBG dress– I think they give a wild flash to an outfit that otherwise is about comfortable style.

  6. Anonymous
    August 14, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Love these looks and congrats on your move!

  7. August 24, 2011 / 4:10 am

    I definitely need to find a pair of leopard flats, not because they are trending for fall, but because they are absolutely adorable and versatile.

    Shasie of Live Life in Style