The Shoe That Never Falls Flat

6 Sep

We all have enough drama in our lives, and if we don’t, one need look no further than Bravo TV for a fun-filled source! We  certainly don’t need any when it comes to our feet, now do we ladies? This week, I wanted to share with you one of my most beloved shoe styles – the no drama, what I like to call “fall flip flop”. The ballet flat.  While they’ve certainly been around for a long time, there’s a reason fashionistas turn to this classic footwear decade after decade. And if you think about it, it’s not hard to see why!

#1 – They’re Easy. With the ballet flat, there are no buckles to content with, no slings to adjust. Not even strings to lace up. You just slip them on and Voila! Hence the “fall’s flip flop” title. What do you think? Should I patent it? ;)

#2 – They’re Comfortable. How many of you walk around with screaming feet? There’s no doubt that stilettos are synonymous with sexy. They click as you walk, announcing your arrival like a personal page, and they work wonders for calves. But let’s face it ladies – they hurt. Feet clad in stilettos…HOT. Feet with blistered heels, corned toes, and aching arches? Not so much. Even worse – plantar fasciitis and other foot issues that stem from a  life time of skyscraper heels. Wearing ballet flats is akin to wearing slippers. You no longer have to sneak your fuzzy, pink bootie Dearfoams in to work and slip them on under your desk. The ballet flat accomplishes both work-savvy fashion and amazing comfort all in one.

#3 – They’re Travel-Friendly. It’s no secret that I’m a jet-setter. Just in this past month alone, I’ve traveled three times – all while seven months pregnant! One of the reasons I haven’t gotten too hormonal is my trusty ballet flats. They’re light, so I never have to feel guilty packing more than one pair (most shoes have that annoying way of tipping the luggage scale), I can stretch and move around on the plane without taking out an eye, and I can explore my destination in both comfort and style. They’re also purse-sized, so you can carry them with you wherever you go. A lot of you wear boots in the winter – and if there’s snow on the ground, you might not be wearing your most fashionable pair. But what’s great about ballet flats is that you can keep them tucked right in your purse. That way, if you’re headed to a friend’s house for dinner, or even to work, you can lose those slush-covered, clunky boots that can get too warm too fast once you’re inside.

#4 – They Look Great With Almost Any Outfit. Jeans and a cute top.  Leggings and a tunic.  A sheath dress. A skirt with tights. What do these all have in common? They look great with ballet flats! A lot of women think they need heels to accessorize, but the truth is, the ballet flat is a perfect go to because it’s classic and trendy at the same time. My new favorite ballet flat – and  yes, I know I’m being a little partial here – is the patent quilt Liz. We combined the look of the trendy quilt pattern with the traditional ballet flat style. I love it! To me, that’s what making a fashion statement is all about. We’ll be exploring more of this season’s looks and how to pair them with ballet flats later on this fall.  

Liz in Pewter Quilt

Quilted Liz in Pewter - a great way to dress up a pair of jeans!

#5 – They’re Great if You’re Tall. I don’t have the problem of height. At 5’1, I wish! But I know some of my girlfriends don’t want to “stick out” by wearing heels (especially when they’re hanging out with me!) Ballet flats are such a super-chic solution. You can look uber fashion-conscious without feeling self-conscious ;)

If you think about it, the ballet flat is really like a best friend. Adorable, dependable, and comfortable. Even better, you can take them anywhere!  What do you love about them? I love to hear from you guys!

4 Responses to “The Shoe That Never Falls Flat”

  1. Jan September 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I love the new quilted black Liz… fave and I have lots of them…however, I noticed that my flower is much smaller on my pair than the one pictured here??? Any chance you could send me new flowers for my shoes?? I wear a size 8!!! I think there was a mistake on my pair and the place I bought them says the other pair she has in stock are the same way…she told me to contact the company!!!! Can you help?

    • Lindsay Phillips SwitchFlops September 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Jan,

      You are right; the flowers pictured in the photo do appear larger. That’s because the size shown in the photo is an optical illusion, created by the camera work. LP and her team designed the flower snaps to perfectly match the width of Liz. They sized the floral snaps so the Liz would be balanced, rather than overpowered by the flowers. No worries – all floral snaps are the same size. So glad you are loving Liz – we have a soft spot for her as well :-) xoxo

  2. Kristen September 21, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    I LOVE my LP ballet flats (and of course the recent Kate additions!) for all of your reasons! SO comfy! I receive compliments literally every time I wear them!
    They’re so cute with the 60’s style cropped trousers that are so in this season.
    They look nice and feminine, but the non-skid sole lets me chase after my kids safely AND look good, too!
    Once flip-flop season is officially over up here in Maryland I’l be wearing my Liz flats everyday until it snows (and even then, too!)

    • admin September 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Kristen,

      So glad to hear – we love our fans!! You’re so right – Liz looks fabulous with so many different looks. And she lasts right through the winter season for our Northern fans :-) xoxo

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