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
It’s perhaps time for me to trade in my lilac glasses–Leith Clark for Warby Parker is here. The collection epitomizes Leith’s girly cool look and includes both optical and sunglasses. A percentage of each sale will go to Girl Up, a UN campaign that helps American girls raise awareness and funds for UN programs. And as always, for every pair sold another pair goes to someone in need.
My Leith Clark love runs deep. She styles Michelle Williams, Keira Knightley, and Kirsten Dunst and founded Lula magazine–completely perfecting the modern gamine.
The only lingering question for me is tortoise shell or mother of pearl.
I’ve been loving the preponderance of peachy pink and fuchsia in stores this season! I’m so mentally ready for spring, and I know I will be wearing this necklace a ton once I transition into my uniform of tees for the summer!
I love this color combination; it’s quintessential Palm Beach, and a perfect start for spring.
Have you looked at Zara’s tabletop collection lately? It’s fantastic for injecting pattern or color to your existing set. I’m in desperate need of dessert plates and these caught my eye.
Zara Home Tucan Soup Plate / Kate Spade Ila Shoes