Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Have you been lusting after a pair of leopard print flats? It's time to make the leap and add them to your wardrobe! But first, compare a pricey version and a value version to see which is a better fit for you.

Leopard flats splurge

Splurge-worthy

Featured^ Sperry Top-Sider Annabelle ($98, Zappos.com)

These flats aren't just splurge-worthy... they're swoon-worthy! A style-upgrade from the basic leopard print flat, with a pretty glitter gold cap toe and thin black piping around the top, these flats mix the trendy with the classic for a fun, undated look on a leopard print flat. Sperry Top-Sider is best known for making boat shoes, so you know that these flats will not only look adorable, but they'll be comfortable and functional too.

leopard flats steal

Steal-worthy

Featured^ Mossimo Ona Ballet Flat ($15, Target)

The steal-worthy version of leopard print flats are the perfect way to dip your toe into this footwear trend! At less than $20, these are a good quality for the value and feature a ruched heel for the best fit and a rubber sole to keep you from slipping in the rain. Moms with feet that have been ruined by pregnancies (or moms who are still in the midst of swollen preggo feet) will appreciate the wider, comfortable fit on these flats that can be worn all day long. Because who has time for sore feet? We certainly don't!

The verdict

We're having a hard time picking a clear winner for this version of splurge or steal! What it probably comes down to is how often you're going to be wearing your leopard print flats. While we all love to pick up a cute pair of shoes that doesn't break the bank, we also know that often times, spending less than $20 on a pair of kicks means that they won't last very long.

If you think that leopard print flats are going to be your new go-to shoe, consider splurging on this trend — at less than $100, even the splurge-version won't break the bank. Go for the steal-version if you think that leopard print flats will simply be another shoe in your closet that will be rotated in on occasion with your other favorites. Stick with the less expensive version if you're still feeling on the fence about the trend and adding it to the existing pieces in your wardrobe — if you find that you love them, you can always upgrade!

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