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Magic Slippers

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Anyone who has watched the online video of the 2011 Chanel Haute Couture show may have noted that each and every look was shown with flats. Of course, these are not your average round-toed ballet flat–though they are made from the heavy satin of a dancer’s slipper. The toe box is pointed and the straps are clear, a look that enhances both the ethereal, fairy-world overtones of the clothing and their practical, tunic-over-jeans appeal. Are the shoes comfortable? Exquisitely so. Can they be purchased? They can, for around $5,000. The last will be hand-made to fit your foot (as long as you can make it to Paris for a fitting) by craftsmen at the legendary Massaro shoemaking house, which was acquired by Chanel in 2002 as part of Karl Lagerfeld’s mission to protect the near-extinct species of couture artisans.

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