fashiony posts always irk me a bit because i understand that everyone has a different price point and fashion magazines (heck, all the magazines) already do an excellent job of subconsciously telling us our wardrobe isn't up to par. if anything, i want to start the discussion of investing in essentials as opposed to season to season shopping. because here's what happens-- next season you're going to fall in love with everything in the jcrew catalog (just like you did this season) and hence lies the problem of just owning a bunch of clothes. once you've filled your closet with a few investment pieces, everything else seems less, well, essential. and everything gets worn!
e porselli ballerina shoes have been handmade in italy since 1919-- as in actual ballerina shoes. they are designed to fit like a glove (cinch the string up top to tighten the shoe) and last for years. though i think the thin sole is the main reason these flats look so darn elegant, i'm not quite sure how they will hold up to heavy duty city walking.
i ordered mine directly from this italian leather vendor, but you can also find them here and here.
what are some of your essentials?
ps: how to break in leather shoes, thoughts on style, and a video from the porselli store in italy.