Sometimes it’s the basics that are the hardest for me. Like finding a replacement for the black velvet ballet slippers the cat peed in six months ago. I needed a simple slip-on flat. Something casual and comfortable, fine with skirts or jeans, and most importantly something that could easily fit in my purse to be backup on club nights and new-shoe days. But, I hate flats. They make me look short. And frumpy. And they suck for kicking ass in.
And then I found these leather ballet flats from Frye: Carson Harness Ballet Flat, $148 at Zappo’s. A little bit horsey (which seems to be what I aim for in shoes lately), maybe even a little bit fetishy in really low-key way. The leather is soft enough for them to fold and fit in my bag, and they have a sensible little replaceable rubber heel. Love!
Now, the caveat: they run way big. Order at least a half size down from your usual size. I went down a full size, but I’m used to wearing boots with thick socks. Once again, I find myself appreciating Zappo’s free return shipping policy.
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