I found myself trying on a pair of black Via Spiga flats while shopping last week. When I asked my mother how they looked, her response was simply: "Will you actually wear them?" This question actually had nothing to do with the shoes - they were lovely - but with my mom's understanding of my personality and quirks.
Some consider being a tall girl a blessing (this is debatable - that's another post), but the laws of physics often dictate that with extra inches in height come extra inches on the foot. My own feet measure at a size 9 1/2 and while I've never been particularly self-concious about their "massive" size, I have had an aversion to flat shoes. For whatever reason I've led myself to believe that flats make my feet look unusually long and disproportionate. Consequently, for the past 10 years my closet has housed a healthy collection of stilettos, wedges, and platforms while the only flat shoes accounted for have been a couple pairs of sneakers for working out, my Converse All-Stars, and the occasional sandal that's been tossed aside.
So why the change of heart? Body Dysmorphic Disorder issues aside, the reality is that heels aren't always practical (like when you're running around the city all day) nor are they appropriate for every outfit or occasion. But really, ballet flats have become so increasingly fashionable that I'm finding them hard to resist! I've decided that this Spring I will challenge myself to break out of my heeled-shoe rut and have been scoping-out some styles that will inspire me to follow through:
Every girl should have a pair of classic, black flats that can be easily paired with any outfit like Via Spiga's Valencia Flats in black. No discussion necessary.
Sugar & Spice
Some flats look to me like they're from the children's department and have just been sized-up to accommodate grown-up feet, and I find them so completely endearing (probably because they appeal to the part of me that's still mentally 5 years old). With Alice+Olivia Hilary Heart D'Orsay Ballet Flats I can wear my heart on my feet instead of my sleeve, and Chloe's Suede Mary Jane Double-Strap flats are irresistibly girly.
Flat with an Edge
We generally think that shoes can only be edgy if they meet the minimum 4" heel requirement. The Valentino Garavani Rockstud Ballerina flats disprove that theory with their platinum stud embellished sexy straps. Christian Louboutin's Geo Spiked Patent Leather flats are a bit more subtle but still daring with a bronze-capped toe that could no doubt inflict some damage when aimed properly.
Finally, I just can't get over these googly-eyes seeing red! I love that the Fendi Buggies Intarsia ballet flats can spare me from the stare-down the next time I'm face to face with an uncourteous comment. I'll just say "look at my shoes"!