Recently, I had a discussion with my friend who pretty much does the same job that I do. She told me that she has a pair of special heels for those days at work when she needs to feels particularly powerful. I disagreed.
For someone who until recently could hardly spell “sneakers” and who can run in heels (with a suitcase full of papers attached to one hand and a coffee cup in another hand no less) my go to “powerful” shoes is a pair of my Louboutin flats. I can’t even explain it myself. Maybe it’s the ability to briskly navigate streets and steps or perhaps that feeling of standing firmly and comfortably (I’m not sure how much I like this word) allowing me to concentrate on a task in hand. On those days my Louboutins make an appearance. I love wearing them with a little, Chanel like tweed suit to work and a mini skirt and high neck top off duty.
The red suede pair you see on the photo (recent Topshop purchase) are a nod to this season strappy trend to which I happily succumbed because they are pure fantasy shoes, aren’t they? They remind me of an old, 1948 movie “Red shoes” about a ballet dancer (the movie is loosely based on Hans Christian Andresen’s tale). I wear them together with my red opera coat (which I featured a few weeks ago in Return of Italian Glamour). This outfit quickly became my staple on the days when I wear jeans but I still need to look elegant and chic.
Talking about ballet shoes, I can’t forget about the originals, the one and only ballet pointe shoes. My ones are from Freed of London and I bought them in a dance shop in Covent Garden. Do you know how to break in pointe shoes? When you buy brand new pair wrap them in a foil bag and keep them over a boiling kettle. You then bash them repeatedly until the shoes soften. I was given this advice by Brigitta, my former ballet teacher. It worked a treat. I even sewed ribbons myself (and I’m still amazed they are holding). I love ballet. What started out a long time ago as a cure for broken heart ended up being a great hobby which allows me to play out my childhood fantasies of pink ballet shoes, satin ribbons and white tulle tutus.
I’m preparing a full feature about ballet where I will show you my collection of ballet clothes 🙂 and tell you where to find best ballet classes in London so stay tuned. Until then…let us dance.