Gift Idea: Ballasox Flats

Every now and then we all need a little break from sky-high heels and pointed toes. That’s why having a comfy pair of flats on hand is important. I’ve just discovered some that would make a great gift for any shoe lover on your shopping list this Christmas!

Ballasox foldable flats

Ballasox look a lot like any other ballet flats, however these innovative flats feature a soft lining made of spandex that functions as a cushy, built-in sock. Each pair is foldable and comes with an exclusive carry pouch, making Ballasox perfect for driving, traveling, or swapping out high heels after a night out.

I received a pair of Ballasox from the latest (Spring 2014) collection, and took them for a test-drive after girls’ night last Wednesday. These glittering shoes felt so much more fun than my usual plain black backup flats! I ended up loving them so much, I decided to wear them to work the next day. I’m telling you, they are super comfy and cute!

Ballasox come in a variety of colors and patterns, too, so you can find the perfect pair for any taste. I highly recommend Ballasox for anyone who needs a quality pair of comfy, on-the-go flats.

Learn more about Ballasox at www.ballasox.com.

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Ballasox for the purpose of providing an honest review. Compensation in the form of a free product does not effect my opinions in any way.

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Shoe Holiday Gift Guides From Around The Blogosphere

I was making my usual morning rounds in the blogosphere, and wouldn’t you know many of my fashion friends have created wonderful gift guides.  It’s not too late to finish up your holiday shopping!  If you have gift guide links to add, please do so below in the comments.

Gifts Under $40 For The Fashionista (FashionGrail)

Shoe Holiday Gifts 2010: Chocolate Shoes (ShoeBlog)

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts For The Ladies (Manolo’s Shoe Blog)

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts FOr The Men (Manolo’s Shoe Blog)

Holiday Gift Ideas (Running With Heels)

Have Yourself a Very Techy Holiday (Fashion Pulse Daily)

Luxurious Giveaway: Robert Verdi’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Recommendations (Beauty Stat)

Holiday Gift Guide (StyleIT)

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Packing For Holiday Travel

When I woke up this morning, I had to take a second and remind myself that Christmas is a mere two weeks away.  While I’m fully in the Christmas spirit, I have much to prepare before the festivities ensue, including planning my party outfits, what to pack for my visit home, and what shoes to start the New Year off on the right foot.  One week from tomorrow I’m flying home for a few weeks to visit family and friends I haven’t seen in months.  I’m so looking forward to it, but I hadn’t even begun to think about what I’ll need to bring and wear until now.  So, here is my list of things I’m planning on taking with me to Kansas this holiday season.  What do you think are essentials for holiday travel?  Anything I should add?

I’m making sure to bring a pair of combination rain/snow boots to deal with all the messy winter weather.  My new Cougar boots are perfect for the job!  Thanks to the fabric shaft they should fold away nicely in my suitcase. (Cougar ‘Ringo Star’, $180 at DNAFootwear.com)

As far as party shoes go, I’m only planning on bringing a pair of beaded black suede Nine West pumps and a pair of festive, sparkling red Jessica Bennett d’orsays.

I’m in love with my new black Kate Spade bag.  She’s all I need for any ladylike holiday look.  Don’t you agree?

Portlano eggplant purple cashmere gloves will keep my hands warm, even while I text!  (Thanks Saks, what a great gift idea!)

Bootights are a must-have for any boot lovers – they give you the comfort of socks and the warmth and style quotient of tights!  I’m bringing two different pairs – one mid-calf and one ankle-sock style.

Two party dresses are coming with me. I’m not going to bring a whole lot in the way of clothes because 1. I have many clothes still at my mom’s house and 2. I plan on receiving and buying new clothing during my visit. I need to conserve suitcase space! :)  But the berry-hued asymmetrical Betsey Johnson dress and gold Laundry by Shelli Segal mini are just too perfect for winter parties!  I have the perfect faux fur throw in mind to go with…

Something light to read while on the plane – A Year in High Heels by Camilla Morton ($11.53 at Amazon.com) and my cute shoe-shaped bookmark.

And of course, a sturdy suitcase is a must, and I rely on my purple Samsonite luggage.  Are you traveling this holiday season?  What will you bring with you?

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Stocking Stuffers For Shoe Lovers Under $100

Yep, that’s right.  My Christmas stocking is this cute clog-bottom fur-trim boot (thanks Mom!).  Fill your shoe lover’s stocking with any (or all) of these fun and affordable items this holiday season.

BOOTIGHTS

Tights made specifically for wearing with boots!  Bootights now come in fun patterns and colors, so you can show your personality while remaining cozy and comfy.  See my review ($30-32 at bootights.com)

DIVA DIAMONDZ

Diva Diamondz keep your shoes smelling as nice as they look.  Diva Diamondz contain a powerful volcanic mineral that draws odor and moisture out of shoes. The mineral is also antimicrobial, which means that is fights bacteria and fungus. Simply place a pouch inside each shoe at the end of the day. Overnight the smell and moisture is absorbed into the pouch.  Diva Diamondz purses contain 2 pouches, one for each shoe.  When the diamond starts to smell like your feet, place it in the sun to recharge. You will have to recharge your Diva Diamondz once or twice a year.  ($18.00 at Diva Diamondz.com)

GIFT CARDS


This probably goes without saying, but a gift card to any shoe store is always a great choice!  I really like Bergdorf Goodman’s Sole Mates Gift Card.

MANOLO BLAHNIK FOR LIBERTY NOTEBOOK


Keep track of your wishlists and daily to-dos in this shoe fabric-covered notebook (Manolo).

RELAX MISSY FOLDABLE FLATS

Her commute will be so much more stylish and comfortable thanks to Relax Missy foldable flats!  Compact and well-made, these flats are the perfect way to transition perfectly from work to play and they look great as an all-day flat too!  See my review. ($58)

SHOE ORNAMENTS

These are treasures she will keep for years to come, and don’t worry, they won’t be stashed away until next Christmas if she’s anything like me!  I have a few shoe ornaments that adorn my desk and lamp.  A few favorites: 2010 Shoe Christmas Ornaments Set from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store (pictured here, $125.00), Fashion Avenue Sassy Black & Silver Peep Toe Shoe($3.99), HBO Sex and the City Pink Glass Ball Ornament ($14.99)

SHOETEASE GIFTS


Everything a shoe lover could want, from cute tees to mugs, aprons and tote bags!  Shop Shoe-Tease.com

STIRUPPZ

Stiruppz keep your jeans in their place!  Stiruppz are detachable pant stirrups that are designed to keep your jeans in place so you can keep moving!  They are easy to clip on, won’t damage clothing, and are so comfy that you won’t even notice they’re there.  ($19 at www.stiruppz.com)

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