Monday, August 29, 2011

flat out fabulous

I know we all have dreams.  Owning your own home, taking flying lessons, traveling to a far away place...I have a few of those big dreams that I have hung onto over the years..some being of a adventurous nature, and some more simple, like owning a pair of Lanvin ballerina flats.  Call me shallow, (well, actually, please don't..) but its just a small dream that any fashion crazy girl might have.
Ballerina flats are the perfect shoe for more than one reason.  Oh sure, I love my sky high pumps and platform wedges as much as the next gal, but flats really are universally one of those things that can appear to be practical, but that are actually quite a bit more fun than that (kind of like me).  Ok, I don't give the appearance of practical even on my best day but anyway, back to flats.
Before our Paris trip a couple of years ago I was gifted with a pair of black Chanel ballet flats that I promptly wore almost every day of our trip and they still are my very favorite go-to shoe.  Well made, butter soft and classic.
I am a huge fan of the shoes of Anthropologie--and loved the Scarf-Topped Skimmers they introduced in their fall catalog.  And snakeskin being so prevalent this fall, I couldn't miss the fabulous J.Crew Cece ballet flat.  J.Crew has a charming assortment of ballerinas in a variety of colors, fabrics, and details.  The Reva from Tory Burch has really been another classic in the making (and I love my leopard pair), but this fall I am tending to look for ballerinas that have more of an unusual quality to them.  The Barbara Bui Stud Ballet Flat is a cool neutral with an edge that fits that bill perfectly.  And what is not to love about Attilio Giusti Leombruni's mango & fuschia pair which would jazz up your grey or black outfit in a flash.  So would Steve Madden's "Koool" flat in a sassy red patent.  Yeah, baby.
Puma has been making dressier flats for a few years and they definitely have the combination of style and comfort down, like with this cute pair of Karlie flats.
Whether you go for a patent, animal print, pattern or neutral, its easy this fall to find a pair from budget friendly to spurge worthy.  Put away those Toms and dance away in a pair of ballerinas this fall.

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