Fold up ballet flats have been around for a while, and I was an instant convert to the idea that I could carry around a tiny pair of shoes for when the pain of heels got too much. They were especially useful in Manhattan, where I often walked a couple of miles home from dinner engagements.
Only problem that I found was that some of the folding shoe options were so flimsy that I may have well as been walking on paper soles. But neither did I want to tote around heavy flats or trainers, which look wrong with a smart frock and require an extra shoe bag.
When I was given these Yosi Samra versions I was impressed. Once on, they don’t look like temporary shoes, like so many do, and they are suprisingly comfortable. And because they have an elasticated band, they stay on your feet – which is handy if you are a half size like me.
Yosi grew up in his father’s factory, spending countless hours with him and absorbing the art of shoemaking; he launched his Los Angeles-based eponymous line in 2009. The flats are available in lots of leathers, satins, patents, suedes, and prints, and a multitude of colours.
I used them at Ascot this year: it’s a ten minute walk from the train station and, after the year when I nearly missed my BBC broadcast slot because my car was stuck in the endless traffic queues, I always take the train. But walking uphill to the racecourse in four inch heels is just not an option, so thank goodness for these discreet but pretty options.
Yosi Samra Fold-up Ballet Flats £50.54 | $75.00
(The bag is my Love Moschino Navy Flap Over Bag)