Saturday, August 21, 2010

the most amazing ballet flats ever?

Let's get the disclaimers out of the way first - I am not a flats person. In fact, the opposite is true - I LOVE platforms and heels. Also virtually all the flats I've tried dig into my heels and end up giving me blisters, even the ones from the brands everyone is raving about (I'm looking at you Repetto). But I happened upon this pair while browsing at Gap yesterday and they are amazing!

The leather is super soft, the elastic doesn't pinch and best of all, they're the foldable kind that come in a little bag that you can just throw into your handbag for those days when you've worn stunning but torturous shoes.

These aren't a new concept by any means - there was a load of press a while back about fashion editors carrying around (and occasionally wearing) flats like these, but frankly even those supposedly "cheap" fold ups costs around US$160+ or much more. These can be yours for the princely sum of S$49.90. And a final nail in the coffin - not only are these practically sold out online, they're more expensive! has them going for US$39.50! So run, don't walk, to the Vivocity Gap right now and nab your pair before they're all gone...

p.s. I think they mostly only had size 6s left in most colours (purple / red/ black / silver / baby pink), and these run a little small - you might want to size up if you can. Also, Wisma has these only in gold (which aren't as comfortable in my opinion).

p.p.s. I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the local Gap franchise for keeping pricing close to what the US is charging. So many international stores here have traditionally tried to scalp you on the pricing that it's refreshing to be able to actually find things are cheaper here than online! Having said that, the prices they're charging for the slim cropped pants are like 30% more than the online price (and that's without the 20% off coupon code!). Guess you can't have everything.

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