The start of the wedding season has officially kicked off, at least for me. From August to October, it’s going to be matrimony mayhem, as friends from all walks of life take their walk down that aisle.
Thankfully, I’ve been saving up a couple dresses just for these occasions, so after a summer of almost fall-like clothes (where’d our SoCal summer go?), I’m finally able to don some chiffon, rosettes and girly girl heels.
Of course, wedding trends as they are, it’s no surprise that so far the nuptial ceremonies have been located in venues not so girly-girl friendly. One was at a beach — and I mean literally on crunchy, grainy sand. Another was in a state park by a gorgeous, meandering tree — only reachable after a three-minute walk on dirt and wood chips. For sites to say a romantic “I do” — perfect. For guests (like me) who generally live by the mantra of stilettos or nothing — not so much.
Needless to say, a hard-core heel fanatic isn’t going to let a few wood chips slow her down. I can run in my heels if need be. But no painful maneuvering of wood chips was necessary this time. I had a plan.
Now, everyone’s looking for the next big I-can’t-believe-I-lived-without-this thing, and as an editor, you see it all. I’ve seen everything from portable bag hangers to all manner of shapewear to fashion fix-it kits. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of portable flats — little shoes you carry in your purse in case you need to change out of those stilettos. At first, I thought, OK, handy for those long plane rides or hotel rooms. After all, most of them look and feel like little more than glorified foot socks.
But then they got smart. And inventive. Everything from biodegradable to roll-up to carrying cases.
So I tried a pair out. As soon as those wood chips showed up on our hike to that glorious tree where my colleague would say her vows, I switched out my stilettos for a pair of black faux leather CitySlips flats. With a hard rubber sole (that you can still fold in half), leather-like finish, soft micro-suede lining and sturdy construction (not a glorified sock), I almost felt chic in my flats, like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
Success! Stilettos saved, feet splinter-free and, most importantly, the nuptials by the tree were gorgeous and worth every step. Just one more beach wedding to go!
My feet sometimes hate me for the heels I squish them into in my failed efforts to look feminine. If your feet and my feet are in agreement, these Silver Foldable Ballet Flats with Carrying Case by CitySlips will be bomb. It comes with a tote-sized travel bag, so you can switch out your killer heels for these comfy flats. Your feet will melt into the cushioned sole as it abuses the comfort of the elastic backing.