I am wise beyond my years when it comes to wearing shoes that are sensible, comfortable and stylish. It took a lot of pain and cheap shoes to get here. Part of the challenge was not knowing what to look for when it comes to getting quality footwear, and the other part was settling for less than what my feet deserve. I know many ladies who can stand around with uncomfortable shoes and take it like a pro. They have a smile on their face the whole time -you would only notice their pain if you stare into their eyes, then you could spot the slight twitch that gives them away- I am the complete opposite, I wince, squeal and/or moan until I take the perpetrators off my feet.
I remember the last pair of shoes I bought that sent me over the edge. it was a pair of Coach ballet flats. I loved them from the moment I saw them. I got them at a great price and drove home thanking my lucky stars. But lo and behold, the patent leather trim was so uncomfortable I couldn’t wear them more than a couple of times. I started purposefully looking for the kind of flats that are comfortable without sacrificing style. Padded or leather soles are a must for me and ideally, a fabric trim, which makes shoes more comfortable around the sides and the upper end of the heel.
I have been a fan of ballet flats since I was a little girl. There are only a few styles that can carry you through adulthood and still be age appropriate. Granted, the bow needs to go from chunky to barely a strand to make a successful transition. Still, this style of shoes can survive and strive in a woman’s wardrobe until she can pass them down to her own granddaughters.
The Kiki ballet flat from JCrew is my go to ballet flat because it pretty much feels like I am barefoot when I wear them. They come in a variety of fun colors and prints. Neutral colors are also available if you want something a little more versatile. The only thing I dislike about them is their fully smooth sole. I need some traction in my shoes. I have to be extra careful when walking on wet pavement or slippery floors when wearing my gorgeous yellow flats. I guess there is no such thing as the perfect shoe, but these flats are pretty close to it.