Subtitle: "Because Mr. Short-Time Nap Has Ensured That, At the End of a Long But Good Day, I Want to Gaze Quietly at Pretty Shoes."
Sub-subtitle: "Because My Waistline May be Shot Post-Baby But, For the Love of Nordstrom, I'm Not Letting My Accessories Go to Hell Too. Also, I Like Long Titles."
A friend of mine - a fellow congregant at the Church of Tory Burch and chic mom-to-be - and I were recently chatting about the natural progression of footwear. We were comparing our sensible but Pretty, neutral ballet flats and noting that, now in our young(ish) mama thirties, we've moved on into a different phase of style. We're less in the strictly trendy state of mind & more in the investing in classics one, though we don't want to get too responsible about it - yet.
In need of some toddler respite tonight, I took to the Interwebs to suss out what Spring '12 had to offer us, sensible (but not too sensible) flat-wise. The metallic and nude trends seem to be continuing in full force, with plenty of options for whatever your age, spanning the spectrum from budget to Bergdorf's:
|Left: Payless "Chelsea Flat" ($17) / Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Glittering Mouse Ballerina Flat" ($230)|
|Left: Payless "Gloria Flower Flat" ($27); Right: Tory Burch "Metallic Lurex Reva Ballet Flat" ($235)|
|Left: Steve Madden "Karisma" ($90); Right: Tory Burch "Eddie Ballet Flat with Crystal Bow" ($250)|
|Left: Talbot's "Lyla Metallic Leather Tuxedo Flats" ($119); Right: Vera Wang Lavender "Louise 2" ($225)|
|Top: MICHAEL Michael Kors "Fulton Quilted Moccasin" ($98); Middle: Tory Burch (Yes, TB again) (I know) (Parentheses) "Patent Prescot 2 Ballet Flat" ($250); Bottom: Manolo Blahnik "Quilted Ballerina" ($466)|
|Left: Kate Spade "Tabby Cap-Toe Ballerina Flat" ($225); Right: Ferragamo "Varina Textured Ballet Flat" ($395)|
(With thanks to the inimitable Ms. Privilege, who taught me about the Grande Dame and how I aspire to join their ranks when I grow up.)
Whaddaya think - that look about right to you? Is it wrong that I want to track down those Marc Jacobs sparkly, silly, hopefully-on-sale-somewhere flats right this very minute?