Splurge or Save: Black and White Striped Flats.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of stripes and I’m totally coveting these Kate Spade Tanya Flats. They are a classic ballet flat but the bold, graphic stripes give them something special. A classic silhouette that makes a statement. Since they are black and white, they’d go with anything. And since they go with anything, $238 is a bargain, right? I’ve never paid more than $150 for shoes (excluding boots), and it seems ridiculous to pay this much for flats. But the stripes. And the turquoise lining. So tempting…

Splurge or Save: Black and White Striped Flats. #katespade #payless #shoelove #girlyobsessions

But over the weekend I saw a Payless commercial featuring a pair of shoes that looked very similar to the Kate Spade’s: the Chelsea Flat. And for only $20, they are a bargain. (They are actually on sale now for $17.) Of course, they are not exactly the same. They are a made of a synthetic material while the Kate Spade’s are made of leather. The Kate Spade’s have a small wood stacked heel and the Payless version is rubber. The stripes are also a little different — the Chelsea’s are a bit thinner and the Tanya’s have more of a cap toe with a wider stripe at the front. But overall, they are both a round toe, black and white striped ballet flat.

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