So here's the wish-list.
These boat shoes by our favorite shoe maker, Merrell, definitely fit the bill. I've never tried on a Merrell shoe that didn't feel fabulous... and this one looks it, too. Six different splendid colors of comfy-yet-dainty shoeage. Swoon.
Dansko shoes strike me as generally too clunky but with the right, nicely tailored skirt and a clever shirt, these could round off a perfect Shabbos outfit without keeping you sitting at home wondering what's going on at the other side of town.
And as gorgeous as these baby blue Born flats are...
true flats must become a thing of the past, at least for another few months. 1 1/2-2" is apparently the way to go when your center of gravity is being gradually pushed forward from the midsection.
An alternative flat would be Crocs Crocband Flat, which I love in navy with red and white accents. Too bad I didn't find these before the 4th of July!
I ended up with a sportier (and apparently no longer available) version of this Mary Jane from Anne Klein Sport. The material on the upper is more athletic, the strap is a smidge further back, and the heel is more sneaker-like, but this gives a general idea. It might not be a match made in heaven, but it's a big step up from my favorite go-to Old Navy flip-flops. My back is thanking me already.
Ok, enough shoes for one day.
Time to put that nesting instinct to use.