I am not allowed to wear sandals to work, or have bare legs. Not even in summer. So my go-to footwear when it is warm is always ballet flats.
I can wear them with dresses and skirts (though I hardly ever wear dresses or skirts) and trousers, and with both smart and casual clothes. If I travel they are small and light to pack, easy to wear on the plane and I can walk all day in them.
I don’t tend to buy expensive (though I probably should), and I usually just walk into the nearest shop, find ones I like (soft with good arch support and comfortable) and buy several colours. Then I wear them to death (which takes me about four years) and I start over. The nice thing is, as soon as they look scuffed or less than pristine you can toss them. This means I can buy light colours and it is no great disaster to get rid of them if they get marks or scuffs on them. I also don’t have to resole them as it is cheaper to buy a new pair.
My previous ones were lovely. I bought them on 3 for 2 about four years ago and I got 2 gold pairs, 3 black pairs and one satin leopard print. I only got one satin leopard print as I felt they were not very practical, but I loved them most of all. Those ones only cost me about €10 each.
This week I walked into the nearest shop and got these. Also on 3 for 2. I love them! The soles even have little flowers on them!
I have noticed recently that my feet have grown from a 37 to a 38 (which is about from a 4 to a five in UK sizing. I am still a 6 in US sizing). Does that happen when you get older or are shoe sizes changing?