If at First You Don't Succeed…
Monday, September 18, 2006
So, when I came back the other week, I had a pile of boxes waiting for me -- including three pairs of shoes. Normally, this would make me jump up and down and squeal like a girl. But when I ripped open the boxes – which included two pairs of Urban Outfitters ballet flats, and those Le Train Bleu flats that also seemed so cute -- they were major disappointments.
First, does anyone else have the problem with cheapy ballet flats where your big toenail sticks out sort of visibly? Or do I just have weird toes? (I am perfectly willing to accept responsibility if it is, in fact, the fault of my own feet.) But really, on many of the low-priced flats I've tried on, I get this weird bulge on top where the big toenail is pokes into the shoe. It is really not cute, and so, back I go to the ballet flat drawing board.
I also received the Le Train Bleu cut-out flats, which seemed so darling on the Internet and then were sort of stiff and odd-fitting in reality. This is an unavoidable problem with Internet shopping, and I do fully expect that a good number of not-seen-in-person orders might just not work out. Still, being adult about it doesn't get me cute footwear any faster.
So now I'm thinking about the Fabia flat by Bronx shoes, currently $69.95 at Nordstrom.com and available in four colors. (They're also available for a few dollars more but free shipping at Zappo's.) That's it above -- nice, no? I've seen these in person on my friend Ritu, and while she warns that you will not be running any marathons in these shoes, at least I know they are actually attractive to look at. Which is a start, I guess.
But you know what I'd really like? A nice pair of simple, ballet-style Keds, like my beloved owl Keds but in plain colors. Seems like a no-brainer that Keds would jump on the ballet flat bandwagon -- their basic styles are practically perfect for such a trend. But no. And so: sigh.