From time to time, someone asks me a question and I find that, for the life of me, I cannot seem to come up with a really useful answer. Shocking, I know, but I'm one girl over here, and try as I may, I can't know everything.
Lisa recently stumped me with One of Those Questions:
I have very small feet and have so far been unable to find any reasonably-priced, cute ballet flats (or any other non-sneaker shoes with backs, really). I usually wear a size 5, but it varies--down--depending on the brand and style. I don't dare shop online. Help?
I suggested that Lisa look at Zappos
, which has a terrific selection AND free shipping both ways AND a 365 return window AND! a 110% price guarantee. You can't do much better than that, although that doesn't actually answer her question.
I heard from Lisa again last week, and THIS time, I have an answer for her:
I finally found a pair of nice ballet flats (white lace, size 5, from Kohl's for under $20) but a certain spot in the back of each shoe is rubbing my feet raw. You always give great advice; do you have anything in your arsenal for this? I'm torn between returning the flats or spot-padding with cotton balls (which work...sort of) and enduring the pain for fashion's sake.
Answer: I'm torn. You're welcome!
On the one hand, my knee-jerk reaction is RETURN THEM, because OUCH. Then again, for under $20.00, maybe we can make it work . . .
If Lisa wants to keep the ballet flats (because for less than $20.00 AND in her wee little size, she might as well), she should get some moleskin
, which is an anti-blister remedy typically used by hikers. It can be cut to cover the precise spot where the shoes are rubbing, and unlike a band aid, can be sized JUST to that spot. Lisa can find it in any drugstore, or at a camping store like REI. And unlike a cotton ball, the moleskin will not fall out in the middle of the day, because it sticks to the skin. It's not the sexiest solution, but it's better than a blister.
Now let's go back to Lisa's original question: those of you with petite little feet, where are you buying fabulous shoes? Particularly ballet flats.
Help Lisa out, please. And me too.