Banana Republic Chelsea flats were my best friend last summer (reviewed here). I wore them during my PhD thesis writing and my epic trip back home in Asia for a month. They were comfortable and extremely chick looking. I eventually end up leaving it for my mom to wear around back home, because I was ready to move on. I might buy a patent leather or black one if I see them on sale or clearance. The Chelsea flats are definitely on my trustworthy purchase list in the future.
Currently, I am in search for a pair of splurge ballet flats with quality leather. I am in no rush, and have pretty high criteria for my purchase, so it is probably going to take some time. First, I am not going to pay full price, so it is going to be sales, clearance and outlet shopping. Second, it has to fit well. Third, I prefer somewhat neutral color for everyday wear. Clearly, these shoes don't usually end up at discount stores, so it would be my shopping challenge. So I guess you will see if I ever find a pair.