Cute. Comfortable. Collapsible. Packable. What more can a traveler ask for in a shoe?
It’s strange how much I adore these shoes, simply because I’ve never been a ballet flat kind of girl. It’s not that I don’t like ballet flats, it’s just I don’t normally like the way they look on me. That is until now! Seriously how cool are these paradise blue snake print flats? Basic black or brown is the color I’d normally go for, but after having just read Patti Smith’s book, Just Kids, I felt like channeling my inner rock star. I’m so glad I did! The wild print adds a little kick when I pair them with jeans.
This is where I could show you a video of how they fold in half and fit inside a little black pouch, and how that little black pouch can be tossed into a cute little tote that can fold up into a tiny ball that fits perfectly inside its own pocket. The pouch and tote come with the shoes. And how the packaging is so cute, you won’t have to have the shoes gift wrapped if you decide to send them to
me someone special as a birthday present. But if you’re at all like me, all you care about is how they look and feel. So great, in fact, I’ve worn them three days in a row! They’re made of quality leather and the cushiony blue bottoms provide added comfort and support so you can go, go, go all day long.
The only downside is they are a bit expensive. Tieks average about $200 a pair. Honestly if they hadn’t been sent to me as a “gift” after the New York Times quoted me in an article about shoes for travelers, I probably would have never thought to buy them. Flight attendants are frugal. Only because we have to be! This explains why some of us might get a little too excited to learn there’s a TJ Maxx located within walking distance from our layover hotel, and why we might have to give up a couple of manicures and pedicures to be able to afford them. But if the old adage is true, you get what you pay for, you won’t have to go to TJ Maxx every two months to buy a new work shoe.
Kelly & Katie Whitney Flat (DSW)
A few days ago New York Times writer Stephanie Rosenbloom contacted me to discuss something very important: Flight attendant shoes. I wouldn’t joke about something as serious as this. The following quotes originally appeared in the article Best Shoes for Travel? Ask a flight attendant that came out today. For the record, my Aerosoles really are cute. I swear I get compliments on them all the time. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture at the bottom of this post.
Heather Poole, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a flight attendant for more than 15 years, acknowledged that many female flight attendants put Dansko clogs on in the plane but described the shoes as “hideous.” Her favorite in-flight pair? Flats with a cushioned insole ($29.95) from Design Shoe Warehouse. In the terminal she wears shoes by Aerosoles.
“I actually get lots of compliments on those,” she said in an e-mail while her flight from New York to San Diego was delayed.
Like her colleagues, Ms. Poole, who blogs about her life at hpoole.wordpress.com, advises passengers to wear comfortable shoes because you never know when you will have to run for a plane in an airport, or get off a plane should there be an emergency. (This is also why she advises against wearing flip-flops.)
Her solution for tired feet? Upon arriving home after a long trip she uses a heated foot massager by HoMedics.
Here’s the link to my shoe review of the Kelly and Katie Whitney flat from DSW (pictured above). And yes, I do know my Aerosoles are probably not “regulation,” even though my airline now allows flight attendant shoes to be adorned with staps and buckles. Just not sure how many straps and buckles. What I do know is they’re super cute and comfy, which is not an easy combination to find, so I bought a couple of pairs.
Calvin Klein Lexa
The answer is six. Six bendy ballet flats. At least that’s what I was able to get inside my 22″ Travelpro, along with everything else I needed – including my four year-old son’s clothing, when I flew from Dallas to Los Angeles last week.
Normally when I travel I only pack – at most- two pairs of shoes, but sometimes I somehow wind up acquiring things along the way. Like three new pairs of shoes! Hey, these things happen. Luckily I didn’t have to leave anything behind this time. That’s right, I was able to squish three new pairs of bendy flats inside my bag.
The point I’m trying to make here is flats are your friend, especially when you’re on the road and trying to make the most of packing space.
$39.95 – DSW – Life Stride: Sindy Tailored Mary Jane
UPDATE: I wound up leaving these behind in a hotel room. They made my legs look fat. The husband agreed, they looked a little matronly