Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: Gap Bow City Flats

I recently got back from a vacation where I walked/hiked/trekked/whined my way through many city streets.  In this post I detailed how I had wanted a comfortable, chic flat for my trip.  I bought these Gap Bow City Flats after reading the reviews on  The reviews said to size up between 1/2 a size and a full shoe size.  I sized up 1/2 a shoe size and I should have gone with one full shoe size.  They retail for about $40, but you'll always find a sale on

Gap Bow City Flats

They're comfortable to walk short distances in but I would not recommend them for all-day wear.  I was using them to walk through streets, on sightseeing adventures and by the end of the day I found that my ankle was really hurting.  The ball of my foot hurt a lot as well - they provide zero support.  They're really flimsy (they are made to be that way, they fold up when you are not wearing them and they do not have a full sole).

They're leather but the leather is basically .09 of a millimeter thick.  A hole in the leather emerged after the first week I wore them; I'm not sure if this is because they're too small on me or because they're so poorly made but other reviews on (that I see NOW) also discuss the holes.

They're comfortable enough to wear for a walk around the mall, or for other light indoor use, but if you want them for outdoor use, I found that they're too delicate and they're not constructed to withstand much.

They looked like this when I first bought them.

This is what they look like after 3 weeks of use:

The leather is all worn down on the bottom already :(

I am obviously a contortionist. 

They are really adorable and I wanted to love them.  They come in a variety of colors and patterns which I really like.

A plus:  the flats come in a medium sized carrying pouch that matches the color of the shoes.  I really liked the pouch and I found it useful for storing items when traveling.

Alyson of The Average Girl's Guide really likes her pair so, maybe it's just me ;).

If interested, buy them here.
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