By Nina Ruggiero
April 20, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

In our mid-winter dreams, spring means sunshine, a cool breeze, and blooming flowers. But every year when it finally arrives, we're hit with the harsh reality that spring weather can actually be quite confusing and, honestly, kind of a hot mess.

During these times of transition, even deciding what to wear at home with a fully stocked closet can be a challenge — so how are we supposed to pack for a trip when it could be 75 degrees one day and 45 the next?

When it comes to the shoe department, at least, Free People has developed the answer: The "Royale" Pointy Toe Flat (, on sale for $99).

Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

This perfect boot-flat hybrid keeps your feet protected from the elements on a chilly day, but leaves them with plenty of air to breathe on a hot one. They're sturdier and have more support than your typical ballet flat, yet more flexible and forgiving than a pair of booties.

Oh, and did we mention they're 50 percent off right now thanks to Nordstrom's Spring Sale?

As comfortable thrown over a pair of tights (no slippage!) as they are on bare feet, they don't feel out of place with a jacket or a sundress — and that's exactly the kind of versatility we look for in a travel companion.

Nordstrom's significantly marked-down options come in a goes-with-everything neutral, cocoa suede, and a slightly edgier, metallic onyx. If you're willing to forgo that deal, however, Free People has them in leather (to better prepare you for spring showers) and in 12 different colorways and patterns, including snakeskin, an olive green, and pure black, at full price (, $198).