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Barefoot Ballet Flats: like you’ve never seen them

Apparently ballet pumps are back this Autumn (although I’m not sure they ever REALLY went away). And this time they’re anything but plain – I’ve seen pom pom, glitter and velvet adorned pairs on the high street – so I was intrigued to see what barefoot versions there are on offer.

WHAT MAKES A BALLET FLAT BAREFOOT?

I’m pretty sure that ballet flats are to blame for a LOT of bunions in the early noughties. In order to avoid any foot damage from them this time round, it’s really important to find a pair that are the right size and that your big toe can move in (otherwise, hello bunions).

Also, just because many high street styles have a thin sole (albeit usually with that pesky little heel added) it doesn’t mean they’re necessarily flexible. And, walking around on a rigid sole all day can be really uncomfortable and restrictive for your whole foot.

If you decide to go for a high street pair, try keep the barefoot profile in mind when deciding which to go for. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a true barefoot experience, here’s a few less-than-ordinary barefoot options.

THE QUIRKY PAIR

iguaneye barefoot shoes

IGUANEYE

Inspired by Amazonians who dipped their feet in latex to produce a kind of second skin for foraging through the jungle, the Iguaneye is a truly original design with a cut out toe that makes for a very contemporary and minimal looking shoe.

Please note that I need to caveat that I have reservations as to how barefoot these really are but hope to have a full review up soon. So do bear this in mind if you decide to give them a try.

 

THE GLITZY PAIR

soft star shoes ballerine

SOFT STAR SHOES – CUSTOM BALLERINE

When I last checked, Soft Star Shoes’ design-your-own pair allowed for nearly 29,000 different colour combinations, so naturally there’s the possibility of going for all gold. You can read a full review of the Soft Star Ballerine here.

 

THE CLASSIC PAIR, REINVENTED

the drifter leather barefoot shoes

THE DRIFTER LEATHER – LACE UP FLATS

Pair these with cropped jeans (that sit loose around the ankle) for a really flattering and on-trend silhouette.

And if hot pink isn’t your thing, you can choose from a variety of colours and fabrics, as well as a pair handmade for the specific dimensions of your feet.

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