A lovely lady named Christine recently saw my Bustle piece on ethical shoe options and reached out to me to tell me about Blake Brody‘s line of ballet flats. According to Christine, Blake developed these shoes in consulation with Dr. Louis Gally, the podiatrist to the Rockettes and an expert in dance health.
The resulting product line is a “luxe version of a wellness shoe.”
As a vegetarian, Blake has chosen to use only environmentally conscious and humane (vegan) materials that do not include any animal products or toxic chemicals. These cute little kicks are both good for your feet and eco-friendly! The anti-microbial, moisture-wicking ultrasuede lining is made from 100% recycled post-industrial matter, the fully padded footbed is composed of soy-based recycled Poron, and the recyclable rubber for the soles is specially prepared for re-use in secondary compounds.
Christine and Blake were kind enough to send me over a pair of my choosing to try out. I opted for the “Kate” flat in the “Nude Lizard” option.
For the outfit above, I paired these high-end shoes with an almost completely second-hand outfit (save for my undergarments!). The top and skirt are from my latest trip to Goodwill, courtesy of a gift card from my sister-in-law (she knows me well). The belt came with a vintage dress I bought many moons ago, perhaps from the Goodwill outlet store in St. Louis, where you pay by the pound (!), but I can’t remember for sure. On my wrist is a collection of slinky bracelets, handmade and gifted by a couple of friends (Dotter Studio and AHC), as well as a vintage watch from my grandmother.
When my chosen flats arrived, I noticed that the color wasn’t quite the bright, creamy ivory pictured. They turned out to be a bit of a darker, grayer shade, which I like better anyway.
But how comfortable are they? One word: wowee. They are truly 100% comfortable—so soft, smooth, and cushiony on the inside. Slipping them on for the first time felt like a gentle hug on my feet. The first day I wore them out was a scorcher, terribly muggy and hot, so my feet got a little sweaty after a while. But I’ve since worn them around, indoors and out, and haven’t experienced that problem again. I even wore them out for a long walk in the park down by the Arkansas river, which featured some mixed terrain and which usually makes my feet a little sore if I’m not wearing my athletic shoes. These felt great the entire walk, and my feet weren’t sore afterward!
I’d say these would be perfect for a vacation where you’d be doing a lot of sightseeing, shopping, and generally walking around all day. If, that is, you can afford the splurge. At $275, these aren’t your average throw-away flats.
Blake’s in-studio footwear is considerably more affordable, though. Seems like these soft, elasticized ballerina flats would be perfect for regular yoga practice! Please check out Blake Brody’s ethical wellness flats, and let me know if you get a pair for yourself!