Now these shoes, from Boden, have become the most instagrammed shoes in the world. I don’t know how true this is (how does anyone go about collating statistics like that? Instagram hashtags? Is that reliable? Does a claim like this need reliability?) but they are beautiful aren’t they?
At £129 they aren’t cheap and not something I want to spend that much money on (my money has already been mentally spent on Alexander Wang x H&M) but they call to me. I know some women have the kind of feet that don’t hurt even a little bit in ballet flats but my feet start to throb within moments of putting on a pair. Recently I bought a pair of Toms ballet pumps for far too much money in the hope that they would be as comfortable as their slip ons. They aren’t and it’s unlikely I’ll be wearing them again. I suspect it’s the same with these. Style is fine when you can sit and look pretty. But walking in them? I’m pretty sure I would end up bleeding and that would just ruin the shoe.
How is it that heels are more comfortable? Certainly not all heels but I can survive in heels a lot longer than I can in most flats. I have runner’s feet and this means regularly broken skin, blisters and occasionally no toenails. They already suffer enough and I can’t bring myself to make them suffer more. In summer they are in Toms slip-ons. In winter they are in boots. That’s it. No deviation from the plan, nothing. When I deviate, my feet cry.
But what do you all think? Am I in the minority when I think all ballet flats are the work of a foot-hating demon?
All imaged from boden.co.uk