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Monika Chiang La Prima Studded Ballet Flat: This Ballerina’s Got a Boost

A flat that’s not actually flat? Pure genius! Hidden wedges have crept up as of late in sneakers (Isabel Marant’s pricy Bekket, for example), but slipping into a ballet flat is deeply chicer and makes so much more sense.

Designer Monika Chiang is quite statuesque at 5’10” – she doesn’t need the extra height, but I’m thrilled she had the creative mind to execute this (with basics-made-elegant like leather jackets and clutches, her aesthetic is unique and appealing). Because me at 5’1”? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I need these badass flats in my life, asap.

You’re probably sick of my ongoing quest for desirable flats, but you have no idea how hard it’s been! I crave the comfort of walking in a sensible shoe, but I never want to look sensible. And besides, are completely flat shoes really comfortable? Sometimes my feet ache more in them than my 6” heels, thanks to insufficient support and lack of a barrier to the hard pavement. No more! With this hidden platform (measuring almost an inch), I’ll get just enough of a boost without putting too much pressure on my feet. With prickly studs (and you know how enthusiastic I am about studs), I’ll also get plenty of edge. At Monika Chiang for $255.

If you are in New York City, please join us for a special cocktail this evening from 7-9pm at 136 Prince Street to celebrate Monika Chiang’s preview shop! See invitation here.



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