Every woman needs a nice pair of flats. These shoes are elegant, feminine, and classy. They can be dressed up for a polished look, or dressed down for a more laid-back outfit. What’s more, their flexibility makes them super comfortable, and their convenient slip-on design means that you can put them on and be out the door in no time.
With April quickly approaching and as the weather gets warmer and warmer, why not consider the Felicitas flats by Lucky Brand as your next pair of spring/summer shoes? With their cutout leather vamps and patterned footbed, they have a unique accent to them, but aren’t too conspicuous, either. They are lightweight, flexible, and fashionable. With that said, they do have some downsides when it comes to protection, price, and versatility. To learn more, read on as we dive into some of their features in more detail.
Before we start talking about this pair in particular, we would first like to take a step back to look at Lucky Brand as a while. Lucky Brand was founded in 1990 when they began to make vintage-inspired jeans in Los Angeles. Since then, they’ve begun to design and sell other things like blouses, loungewear, jewelry, handbags, and of course, shoes. The brand states that "We find inspiration everywhere, from the secluded outlooks of Big Sur, to the old-school tattoo parlors of Venice and the beautiful beaches of Malibu." The result is a laid-back and free-spirited look in all of their products. Today, Lucky Brand has 251 stores and counting, which can be found all over North America.
AS lightweight cutout sandals, it’s evident that these provide pretty good breathability. Through the cutouts in the upper, air can flow into the shoe. This helps to keep the feet nice and cool, preventing the accumulation of sweat or odor. Keep in mind, however, that they don’t make the best beach shoes
because although they are breathable, they don’t dry very quickly once wet. In fact, the upper material is sensitive to water and getting them wet could ruin their color and quality. When going to the sea, opt for some water shoes instead!
Flats are all pretty comfortable. This shoe style is known for its flexible outsole that encourages the natural flexing motion of the foot when walking. Their uppers also tend to be nice and supple, making them very comfortable. Because they are also breathable, they are perfect for all-day wear in the summer months. However, keep in mind that if you will actually be walking long distances
, such as when you’re on vacation and may wander around to explore a city, these flats are not the best. Though their flexibility provides comfort, their thin sole lacks cushioning and structural support
that is vital to the arches. Walking on hard pavement might lead to aching arches at the end of the day.
The Felicitas flats come in four different colors: rust brown, indigo, black, and light orange, which looks more like tomato red. In the photos, indigo and black also look very similar, but in real life there could be a bigger difference. All of these colors are pretty neutral and can be paired with nearly everything. What’s more, the patterned footbed of each colored flat matches the color of the uppers. Although you won't be able to see the patterned footbed when you’re wearing the shoes, it just makes them look a bit nicer on the shoe rack.
Ease of Use
Like most traditional flats, these are slip-on. There are no laces to tie, no straps to adjust, and not even any zippers to zip up. Their flexibility allows them to be slipped right on with no problem. It takes about half a second to get yourself out the door, so it is ideal for busy women who often find themselves rushing in the morning. In addition, unlike flip flops, they don’t come off as easily since the closed heel design will keep the heel in place.
The uppers of the Felicitas flats are made of flexible leather. This material is great because not only does it have a classy look, it’s also got practical features. It’s sturdy, breathable, and will even mold to the shape of your foot when you wear the shoes for long enough, ensuring custom comfort. The downside is that unless it’s explicitly stated that the leather’s been treated to be water-resistant
(and in this pair, it hasn’t), leather can be spoiled when it comes into contact with water. As for the lining and sole, these are both made of synthetic materials. Synthetics are lightweight and inexpensive, and they help to bring down the cost of the pair.
These flats are pretty thin and flexible, so they don’t offer much protection. The outsole is very thin. It’s true that this allows them to be flexible and comfortable for foot movements. But if you’re walking on a trail or on any other kind of gritty terrain, chances are you’ll be able to feel every rock and pebble under your foot. What’s more, the toe cutout is very large. Not only might you scuff your toes, but small pebbles might get into the opening and irritate your foot. With that said, you don’t need much protection anyway if you’re just going to be walking around town or staying indoors most of the time, so just make sure you’ve got proper outdoor sandals
for your wilder adventures.
To sum up this pair, we’d say that it is both unique
at the same time. It sounds a bit like a paradox, but hear us out and you’ll probably agree. Unlike traditional flats, their uppers have cutouts; the entire inside of the foot is left free, while the toes and a small triangular strip are also showing. It’s kind of a half-flat, half-sandal look that you don’t see very often. Because of this, they are pretty unique. However, they are still low-key because of their solid-tone uppers and low profile. When you wear them out, it’s not likely that all eyes will turn to them. As a result, they are ideal for women who don’t want to be too eye-catching but also don’t want to completely blend into the crowd.
As we mentioned earlier in the ‘Colorways’ section, this pair comes in four different colors that are all easy to pair with an outfit. Rust brown goes great with beige or white, light orange adds a nice pop of color to the look, and black, of course, can be worn with any other color in the rainbow. In this sense, the Felicitas flats are pretty versatile. However, their cutout design makes them unsuitable for certain occasions. The toe cutout is very large, giving them a very informal look, and as a result they should not be worn for semi-formal or formal occasions.
The price of this pair isn’t sky-high, but considering the fact that they are flats, they’re still pretty pricey. For the same price, you might expect to get sneakers or ankle booties from a different brand. However, compared to the other flats offered by Lucky Brand, the Felicitas aren’t the most expensive. One of the reasons why they might be pricey is because of the leather used in their uppers. Because leather is an expensive and high-quality material, footwear that is made of leather will naturally have a higher price than those made of synthetics, which are much cheaper.
To summarize, the Felicitas flats by Lucky Brand are a great pair of casual shoes for spring and summer
. They are light, breathable, and comfortable. Their neutral tones allow them to be paired with nearly everything, and their cutouts and pattern footbed give them a subtle but unique touch. With that said, you should make sure you don’t walk in them for too long or on uneven terrains such as rocky paths. While the thin outsoles ensure flexibility, it provides minimal protection against what’s underfoot. Furthermore, they provide little cushioning and structural support, so walking long distances in them could lead to foot pain or fatigue. Also keep in mind that because the toe cutout is fairly large, these are not flats that can be worn to formal occasions. We recommend you pick this pair for casual, every day wear during the summer. Paired with a maxi skirt or with shorts, they’re sure to make you look chic!