dancing shoes.

I stand a whopping 5 foot 3 inches tall. By most standards, I'm short. I hated it as a kid. My grandfather always told me to tell people I was "vertically challenged." Almost two decades later, I have finally come to accept my stature. One would think, however, that I would make up for this shortfall with heels. The reality is that I wear heels two {maybe three} times a month. I'm on the klutzy side, so heels are a slight hazard to my running career ;) As a result, I've become a HUGE fan of ballet flats. 

I stumbled upon Pretty Ballerinas via my latest copy of People StyleWatch--and I'm so glad I did! {I may be a little late to the party though...they've been around since 1918!} Pretty Ballerinas offer so many exquisite flats that I had a tough time narrowing down what I wanted to share with all of you. In an attempt to showcase their collection, here are a few that caught my eye...

With Valentine's Day less than a month away, how perfect would this first pair be for a cozy date night? And my little nautical-loving heart swooned over this striped pair...how appropriate would these be for a trip down down the Cape this summer?

{Pretty Ballerinas}
{Pretty Ballerinas}
I love the ruffles on these purple stunners--and who can argue with these black-and-white quilted ballerinas? {Coincidentally, they look very similar to a pair I featured in my second edition of Friday's Fancies, but I'd argue this pair is cuter!}
{Pretty Ballerinas}
{Pretty Ballerinas}
Though I'm not a huge fan of snakeskin, I couldn't help but love this mint green. They'd transition nicely into the spring too! As my profile reveals, I already rock the glittery flats, but I'd love to add these to my repertoire.
{Pretty Ballerinas}
{Pretty Ballerinas}
In 2004, I owned a pair of Old Navy zebra flats {that seem to have resurfaced this season!}. I loved how they jazzed up an outfit. As of late, I have wanted to unleash some sort of animal in my shoe wardrobe--and this pair could definitely help me do that. I've also always had a thing for loafers {am I 70?} and I loved how pair retained the ballet look with just a hint of a loafer. 
{Pretty Ballerinas}
{Pretty Ballerinas}
Pretty Ballerinas have a new flagship store in Manhattan--which I hope to hit on a future visit to NYC! Until then, I can admire their wares on their {very user-friendly} website. Should they not have a particular size you need, they have allow you to sign up for an alert when a pair you like becomes available. Why doesn't everyone do that?!

I wish I had somewhere to rock these "dancing shoes" tonigh. We're seeing In The Heights, but I doubt it involves dancing in my seat ;) Do you have any favorites? That nautical pair ranks as my favorite {for today at least!}. 

Hope you all have a fantastic Saturday night--can't wait to catch up on 
all my favorite blogs tomorrow! Until then, xoxo {av}

25 comments:

  1. i LOVE flats..and live in them..especially now that I am in the UK with no car and am forced to walk everywhere. I would totally rock those fushia ruffle ones. I'll be checking out that website now. THANKS!

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  2. I LOVE those flats! At 6 feet tall, flats are TOTALLY necessary and heels make me amazon women. :)
    . . . off to shop their website!!
    <3 Leigh

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  3. I love these!! I want to wear flats for the wedding so I'm heading to their site right now! I love the lock and key ones :D

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  4. Love this website! I especially love the glittery ones, they just make every outfit so much more fun!

    xo
    Kells

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  5. these are so good. flats are my favorite too - i'm almost 5'11!! have a great weekend. xo kendall

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  6. I am about 5'8" and so I tend to wear flats! I hate being taller than everyone! I would LOVE to have the ruffled ones! I'll take them now please!

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  7. I LOVE these. I'm 5'2" and wear ballet flats all the time, except "dressing up"! I also love the nautical pair, but those red Valentine shoes are pretty darn cute, too! xoxo

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  8. Ha! I'm 5'3 too and actually quite like being little:) These are adorable! I need to own the leopard, pink ruffly and sequin ones- so fabulous.

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  9. Wow these are great - never heard of them before! The nautical ones are my favorite, too.

    I'm 5'2" and wear flats almost always. One of my friends always tells me I like to "revel" in my shortness. ;)

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  10. okay.. hi. I want those red ones with the key and lock! gaahh! xo

    also, i am 5'8 and i always hated it! i always wanted to be shorter... most of my friends are 5'2-5'5, so i always stuck out like a sore thumb. literally.

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  11. I'm a whopping 3" taller than you & live in Ballet Flats, most comfortable shoe ever, especially after pregnacy times 4 children, your feet change!! My husband will always be 7" taller than me & now our children are starting to take over me. I have lived a fulfilling life not being particularly tall. Love Posie

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  12. Seriously, coming in at 5'0 I should be wearing heels more often...but I'm a lover of flats and I don't think this will ever change

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  13. i LOVE these! :)
    (btw - new follower!)

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  14. wonderful post! i love love ballet flats and i rarely wear heels (im pretty klutzy too.) thanks for sharing!! :) xoxo jill

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  15. I'm a shorty too, but I love it! :) These flats are great!! Going to check out that website now, thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  16. can't wait to check out more pretty ballerinas! i'm a little over 5'9", so i pretty much live in flats :)

    xo.ashley

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  17. I love these, specially #6, 7, 8. I think most girls have height issues at some point. I am 5'5" and considered that abnormally tall during my teenage years. As a teenager, people used to think I was older than my oldest sister and that drove me nuts but I have accepted my height and I am more than happy with it.

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  18. I am so a flats girl too. I have very few pairs of comfortable heels, and it seems every time I see a pair of heels I like they have 3 inch heels...I'm already 5'7" and don't need to look like a giant thank you. So flats are where it's at :) LOVE the nautical ones, perfect for spring in Little Rhody!

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  19. I just pulled the whole: 'ooh that one is my favorite, oh no THAT one is my favorite..' so I will settle it: i love/want them all. :) great find! My husband is 6'6" so you would think I would live in heels, but I barely wear them. I am a serious sucker for flats.

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  20. how cute! i've never heard of them before. Must check it out. I love the red ones with the key and lock!

    i wander, i wonder

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  21. Oh dear me. I am a ballet flat person through and through, and the last thing I need is ANOTHER place to ogle really lovely ones. That having been said, these are pretty gorgeous . . .

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  22. I love flats! No wait, I love shoes in general! The ones you picked out are beyond cute. I wish I had the nautical ones right now, they would look good with my outfit today.

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  23. Nice flats! I like all!!!!!!!!! :)

    http://roberta-withlove.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love love love those nautical shoes!

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