I recently moved to San Francisco- home of hills and hippies- and while wearing a brand new pair of Bandalino sling-back pump, I destroyed my foot. For the last few months I’ve had a pinched nerve that flairs up with most shoes that I wear, so heels are impossible. I was invited to the SF Ballet Gala earlier this year and suffered through a night dancing in heels because I couldn’t bear to be surrounded by sexy ballerinas without a little extra lift. Needless to say, I won’t be doing that again any time soon.
I’ve been pulling off flat boots with dresses, but I’m getting tired of wearing the same thing all the time. Do have any tips for how to make flats look elegant when cocktail attire is required? How about ways to shake things up in the shoe dept?
First of all, I am terribly sorry about your foot. I can’t imagine a high heel free life … Just thinking about it scares the crap out of me. Luckily there are some chic flat shoes out there. Flat boots and really in style and ballet flats are a chic classic.
I do need to say something to you right now and it may come off as harsh but … Step away from the flat boots and cocktail dresses. It doesn’t work, it won’t ever work, and it’s not okay! You will immediately dress the dress way down and take all the positive attention away from the dress. Its bad, its so bad.
Lucky for you, there is another way!
Wear ballet flats or a chic pair of flat sandals with your cocktail dress. They will look sweet, chic, and most importantly — appropriate. Get yourself a nice comfortable pair and some nice cushy inserts to make them even more comfortable. Go for a pair that is satin or jeweled for a dressier look. I also find that pointy toe flats can look really dressed up and chic.
Here is a look to help get you inspired …