Fashion Week Flats That’ll Cure Runwayitis

Ahoy, it’s Fashion Week. I mean, not officially till FNO kicks off, but in my personal Fashion Week veteran experience, the week somehow gets extended by a day or two on each end each following year. Pretty soon it’ll be called “Fashion Month” and we’ll basically all be treated to a non-stop champagne-guzzling party fest aboard a Carnival cruise that sets sail from New York to Paris and back again. In the meantime, we’re stuck here till about 2018 shuffling between the “big” designers near Lincoln Center and the cooler, more indie designers showing in random off-site locations downtown, east, and west of the main events. But how can one human girl get all this traveling done at FASHION Week (of all weeks) whilst still looking fashionable? Truthfully, it’s nearly impossible. Everyone ends up spilling a latte on their silk something-er-other, smudging bright lipstick on their purse handle, and/or breaking a heel that possibly costs the same amount as all your first semester of college text books combined.

I’m too experienced for that junk, damn it. There are a few simple solutions… and they’re all shortcuts. Forget the bright lipstick for this one week. Opt for a lip stain that doesn’t smudge or budge. Forget silk, (gasp), wear something breathable and machine washable and carry a Tide pen. Carry extra hair elastics and a little stick of hair glue (fly aways should be the least of your drama), and perhaps most importantly, pack these:

These bright cobalt blue and black snakeskin flats by Ballasox literally feel like socks, look like ballet flats, fold to fit any purse, and add a spunky pop of non-neon (because if you’re a fashionista, you know neon is DONE) to any outfit. Um, they’re also just awesome to keep around the office after fashion week too, and I’ll be stocking up on more than a few pairs. The best part? They’re not chintzy fold ups that everyone and their mother already has- they’re comfortable enough to actually walk a fair distance in. Fashion Week win!

$60  by Ballasox and they come in about a bajillion cutesy colors.

Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, planes with WiFi, summer clothes, & Sucre brown butter truffles. Bryce's aim is to do to luxury what Elton John did to being gay. Follow her on twitter @brycegruber