Thank you so much for your input on the shoe decision! You were fun to "shop" with--I love you, ladies!
BUT this weekend I looked briefly while I was running errands in Omaha and I found these Sketcher Step Up Mary Janes at Kohls. I had seen them online, after my shoe post, but wasn't sure about them. Once I tried them on, though, I thought yeah, these could work. I got some new socks to go with them, since all I usually have is white and white would not do for these, and so far I'm very pleased. They're comfortable, they're flat, and I've already worn them a few times in just the last two days.
these adorable flats we all thought were super cute... I might keep them in mind for spring! I did see them at Target but not in the beautiful purple color--I suppose I could've tried them on just for size but didn't really have the time.
So thanks again for your help! Just might do this again sometime, cuz it was fun!