I really liked this outfit Angie featured, and I have this Theory silk skirt I keep trying to wear, but feel stymied by not having a shoe option that feels right.
The shoes shown are the ones I sent back, so they aren't in the equation.

#1-- with a dark blue chambray shirt--? if it's too big under arms/sides for the tucked-in skirt outfit, whereas for a more casual outfit I like the extra room.
#2 is AT taupe silk camp shirt--a good color match but then skews the outfit toward the taupe (re: belt matching issues) . #1 shown with a taupey beige belt that fits and #2 with a cream belt that is too long (is a jeans hip belt). I think a cream belt would look good to continue the cream top banding in the skirt --so again, shopping list.

I also have several knit tops that work but again, just can't seem to like my shoe options enough to get out of the house.

I have nude ballet flats that don't quite cut it; camel wedges that are too caramel-y and not comfortable enough. I have a taupe pump but again, I feel a bit teetery in it so I opt out. So, I really want either a flat or at most 1" wedge or block heel, but need something in the style that compensates for lack of heel and doesn't look frumpy.

Here is what I've been keeping an eye out for so far:

--I think a very dressy pale-colored slipper flat like the one shown would work, but I haven't found another one yet. Or some other dressy loafer, if that's not an oxymoron. Cream, or nude, or light taupe, maybe metallic. My new RL black & cream ones don't work due to black, and style is a bit sporty (penny-loafer type).
--Possibly pointy toe flat if comfortable enough, because it is not work-wear.
--a closed toe wedge sandal of some sort, since with nude hose it is a spring-summer type outfit

Other criteria are I would not want to "invest" much UNLESS it is a) comfortable enough and appropriate enough for work outfits or b) versatile enough to "make" some other dressy outfits . (problem of trying to wear the occasional dressier skirt or dress).

What do you think? Do you have the perfect shoe in your mind's eye that would allow the outfit to be modern but pump-less? Should I keep trying to create this aspirational outfit, or put the skirt out to pasture?

Thanks to all for looking.

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