"I finally have enough pairs of ballet flats", said no girl ever. Most of you know, I love me a good pair of ballerina flats, and it's very very hard for me not to purchase more. Do I need five pairs of nude ballet flats? Probably not. Do I keep buying them? Absolutely. They're just so pretty. Oh well, I've made my peace with my ballerina flat addiction, and so should you!
While in Paris last month, we wandered into the REPETTO flagship boutique on Rue de la Paix. (Okay okay, I twirled in there like a wannabe ballerina and The Fiancé followed, as he didn't really have much of a choice...) He waited patiently for me while I was fluttering around the store, gushing over all the beautiful shoes, and he didn't complain once. (And that's just one of the many reasons why I love him!) What a lovely store. It's so girly and filled to the brim with beautifully made ballet flats and actual ballet shoes. Girly girl heaven!
I tried on a few pairs and ended up getting the Ballerina Cendrillon in black vegetal-like leather. Can you ever go wrong with a good pair of black ballet flats? And for my birthday this month, I also purchased the Ballerina Cendrillon in taupe vegetal-like leather. (Yes, I buy myself birthday presents...)
I'm a US size 7.5 and got these in a European size 40. They definitely advise you to go up a full size when purchasing these flats. Luckily, they are available in half sizes as well, so you'll definitely be able to find a pair that fits perfectly. I do recommend trying on a pair before buying it. But if you plan on buying it online, I would recommend going up a full size.
From the get-go, these flats felt like I've worn them for years. No need to "wear them in", as they immediately take on the shape of your foot. I haven't experienced any blisters, redness or chafing AT ALL. Which is awesome for a new pair of ballet flats.
No need to worry if you're getting bang for your buck. The quality of the leather is top-shelf and these will last you a very long time if you take good care of them.
Okay, so here comes the downside; They're not cheap. I paid €185 (about US$247) for my pair in Paris (although I did get a 12% tax refund.) To me, they are worth every penny. The taupe pair I got for a way better price online on sale at FORWARD by Elyse Walker for US$173. Maybe a little extravagant for a pair of ballet flats, but hey, I don't judge others on what they spend their money on.
I'm thinking that these flats are going to last me more than one season, because of the excellent quality, which is great. But, I do think that the price is a bit steep, and that it's better to try and find it on sale online. Overall, LOVE THESE and will definitely recommend them to other flat-obsessed-females like myself.
Do you have a pair of REPETTO flats?
Where did you purchase them and what did you pay?