It’s a classic staple to any girls wardrobe. Second only to the little-black-dress. Stylish, chic, simple, and inherently French. And it’s all thanks to Mademoiselle Chanel (pre-Lagerfeld butchery, but that’s for another time). Being a former Parisian girl, I am a bit enamored with little ballet flats. Considering that my collection ranges from the classic to the tastefully embellished and sometimes colorful, I’m pretty much of the mind that every proper lady should have at least one pair.
But I also happen to believe shoes should have dual capabilities. Namely, they should be stunning but comfortable. Apparently, not everyone in the footwear industry agrees with me…so I have invested in some serious shoe stretching mechanisms…
A few months ago I acquired the footwear equivalent of a genuine Renoir, or Monet; a pair of classic quilted Chanel ballet flats…only, they were entirely too narrow for my very Eastern European tootsies. So I patiently waited while the stretching solution and weird shoe-trees worked their magic…and by patiently, I mean I checked on them neurotically. Then, for the first time ever, I finally got to wear them out. They fit like a dream. That one stubborn pinky toe that blisters? Comfortable! That spot that’s usually tight around the front/base of my foot? Curved to perfection…I could go on. It’s like someone has been breaking my shoes in for me for weeks. Is there nothing these glorious and strange looking contraptions can not do? I can say with some serious certainty, NO, they rock (with the exception that some footwear is simply impossible i.e. anything that is taller than 3inches or comes to a sharp point, you may be out of luck there).
Enthused about the comfortable possibilities? Click on the two photos above to get them from Amazon.