Angie's blog post today was timely for me.

I've decided I need to phase out my ballet flats. I am torn on this decision, but it probably is the best for my feet.

I have four pair in heavy rotation. All are showing signs of heavy wear (bc I DO wear them a lot). I've also noticed wear on the inside heels, indicating that my stride is not correctly supported in these shoes.

I have pondered this for a while and even discussed it with forum member Maneera, who suggested (brilliantly) wedge peep toes as an almost even exchange. I do have two pair of Cole Haan Air Tali peep toe wedges (sandstone/nude and snake print -- both in finds below). They're comfy but not as walkable as my ballet flats.

I definitely want something with low vamp as these ballet flats help even out my proportions. As much as I like oxfords and brogues on others, they just don't make me feel (or look, IMHO) fab.

I have decided a small heel or wedge helps balance my proportions as well. Hopefully this gives more stability and support to my foot/stride as well.

The key here is they MUST be comfortable, walkable shoes (as in hours/miles of walking in one day).

I am looking to replace these exact colors, as they are all workhorses in my wardrobe.

Finds of my current lineup included below.

1. Silver
2. Black/tan animal print - with gold accent if possible
3. bright red (favoring patent, my pair is sans buckle, just plain red patent ballet flat)
4. black and gold sequin (pic)

Has anyone else phased out ballet flats? Why? What was your experience? Suggestions, specific items, tales of your shoe woes are all welcome.

Thanks a million in advance!

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