“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
First off, I am typically a high-heel type of person. Mainly because I’m 5’2″ on a good day, and I looked young when I started out in the corporate world and felt that being “vertically challenged” on top of that meant I might look like a 15-year old playing dress-up in a suit. Now I’ve dated myself, since yes, when I graduated from college and took my first job people still wore suits in the workplace, except on “casual Fridays” which were just beginning to take hold and really were not even that casual — certainly not jeans. Maybe a skirt and blouse, definitely not open toe shoes or bare legs like you see now. (We walked uphill to school in the snow 5 miles each way too back then! haha…)
But seriously, that’s how the heels became a habit, then Sex and the City happened and it was all over… the designer heel rage took hold and they had me at Manolo. But, I digress. Back to the headline, I’m sure you wondered if I’d ever get there: despite my love affair with high heels I’ve been wearing ballet flats at least a few times a week ever since the skinny jeans, legging, and now “jegging” craze hit (ballet flats look so great paired with these, not at all “frumpy”). Not to mention that having babies forced me to realize that heels have little place at the park, at Baby & Me class, or on a playdate.
I’m now an avid lover of ballet flats, I own at least 3 pairs at any given time (right now I have black patent, taupe snakeskin, and pewter). So, I’ve tried a variety of styles and brands and wanted to share here some of my recommendations depending what you’re looking for.