Ballet flats

How often do you toss your high heels for their comfortable option? If I were 4 cm taller (170 instead of 166 to be exact) I could make do with ballet flats every day. You may argue, I have even contradicted myself, because I know what a pair of high heels can do for your posture, hard to ignore and not to take advantage of.  But Audrey Hepburn proved that the height of your heels has nothing to do with elegance and femininty. Salvatore Ferragamo was the one who, inspired by Audrey’s past as a dancer, invented the low-heeled walking shoes, based on dance shoes, for her at the time of Roman Holiday (and created her footwear for Sabrina as well). She didn’t need high heels to be attractive. Nor did Brigitte Bardot.

I’ve certainly had my high heel periods, when I felt that if didn’t wear heels during the week, at work, something wasn’t right. But as now I’m always on the run, from one meeting to another, and not always by car, the flat shoes are such a flirty, hard to resist invitation to mobility and action. Let’s face it, ladies, haven’t you always felt that your mini dress looks best and as chic as it can be with flats? And let me tell you something else: at my wedding, late in the evening, I changed my towering sandals with an exquisite pair of ivory ankle strap ballet flats. The overall impact wasn’t any less glamorous.

images: 1-Chloé/ 2,5-Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (Paramount Pictures/Getty Images) / 3-Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, Paramount Pictures/ 4-Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Paramount Pictures

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