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Foldable flats: Relief from stiletto fatigue

January 18, 2011 |  1:03 pm

If you regularly wear high heels, it's probably happened to you at least once. You're at a killer party or wedding and you decline to cut a rug -- or even decide to call it an early night -- because the balls of your feet are burning in unearthly pain inside your stilettos.

Most super-high heels have a time limit for comfort, be it 30 minutes or six hours. And if you're not the type to dance barefoot in public, it might be time to pick up a pair of foldable flats -- emergency footwear you can tuck into your (oversized) clutch to alleviate shoe-icide.

A few unobtrusive options to consider:

Corso Como Ballasox foldable ballet flat, $60: Featuring a sewn-in sock and a comfy rubber sole, this leather slip-on is available in a rainbow of colors to complement (or disappear under) any gown. You can fold them in half or literally roll them up to tote in your pocketbook.


Newbark slippers, $210 to $455: Designed by L.A. stylists and sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, Newbarks resemble Japanese spa slippers and come with their own little leather tote bag, which you can throw into a medium-sized purse or stash in your car's glove compartment.



Delicate Soles, $19.99. What Delicate Soles flats lack in durability (the uber-thin shoes are made of faux leather) they more than make up for in pragmatism. The simple ballet flats roll up into a bag about the size of a tube of lipstick, so you can tote them in a proper clutch or perhaps even underneath the strap of a bridesmaid dress.

-- Emili Vesilind

Top photo: Corso Como Ballasox. Credit: Corso Como

Middle photo: Newbark flats. Credit: Net-a-Porter

Bottom photo: Delicate Soles shoes. Credit: Delicate Soles