Before leaving for France, I ordered a new pair of ballet flats, crossing my fingers they wouldn’t completely tear up my heels or leave my feet sore after an hour of walking. It was a gamble, but I was desperate to have at least one cute pair of shoes on the trip. (Yes, athleisure is a thing now, a thing to which I do not subscribe).
If you bought Cece ballet flats from J.Crew a few years ago, you’re then familiar with the holy grail of comfortable, stylish flats. But you also probably know the current incarnation of the shoes is not the same. I still have my old pair, but they’re fuchsia and suede, and I just wanted a basic black because… Paris.
So let me introduce you to Cole Haan’s Avery Flat, currently on sale. It has the Cece bendiness, but not to the point where it cuts into your feet. The footbeds are ultra padded, and the split soles have rubber “pods.” In pointe shoe speak, these are Gaynor Mindens. The cadillac of ballet flats.
I won’t make any miraculous, exaggerated claims about a pair of shoes. But you will be able to walk clear across Paris in these, and that’s pretty good.
Shop: Cole Haan Avery Flat