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.
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.
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.