i finally got them! the flats i was talking about in this post. i found them on yoox for about half the price and jumped at the opportunity. although more than i would normally ever pay for flats, i have not regretted it one bit. hands down the most comfortable shoes i have ever worn. the leather is so buttery soft, i didn't have to wear them in at all. although i don't think they are worth forking out $500, but if you happen to stumble across them for something more in your price range, DO NOT HESITATE. i repeat, DO NOTE HESITATE.
ps how long is my hair now?!? i'm at a loss with what to do with it... i am currently growing out my fringe for summer, which is causing me much angst.