The piece: J.Crew Kiki Ballet Flats
The price: $150
Why we want it: You only need one day stomping around the city in flat sandals to remind you that you really do need a shoe with a little lift. I'm not talking about a real heel, either, but something you can walk and run errands comfortably in, and stroll to work in, all while appearing completely polished. The answer came in the form of J.Crew's latest (and not quite so flat) Kiki flats. It's not just because they're crafted in Italian leather or inspired by the chic flats worn around Paris (because they are), but because the slightly higher vamp provides a more supportive lift — not to mention that the bright cobalt hue likewise elevates just about anything you have on. I like to think of it as the best-of-both-worlds flat.