How to Wear Ballet Flats for Spring

So you have been told how classic ballet flats are and how they will merge perfectly with your wardrobe? But need a little help with how exactly to do that? Bring on cherri bellini’s guide to wearing ballet flats – and not looking plain!

 Boyfriend jeans: A favourite at the moment for a reason, these comfy as jeans will work oh so well with the classic nature of the ballet flat. Et viola! Comfort and style!

boyfriend jeans ballet flats
With summer dresses:
A total no brainer! Ballet flats were made for summery dresses to finish off a ladylike outfit with class. If you go a patterned dress, keep it simple with a neutral ballet flat, or colour pop a pair against a white dress for an easy on trend spring look.

summer dress ballet flats street style

Maxi skirts: One of springs necessities, the maxi skirt is perfect for transitioning out of the cooler months (and hiding white legs), whilst giving your wardrobe a summer spin. The perfectly chic accompaniment to a billowing maxi is an elegant ballet flat – and if it gets a little warm during the day, knot one side of your maxi and show off your shoes!

maxi skirt ballet flats spring summer

skinny jeans: Can I hear you say “model off duty!”? One of the easiest on trend looks to pull off, just the lovely Miranda Kerr, at the moment is the effortless M.O.D look and all you need are your trusty ballet flats, skinny jeans and a bold scarf or top. You can work skinny jeans and ballet flats in any way you like to keep your wardrobe fresh and comfy – think t-shirts, plaid shirts, kaftans or leather biker jackets. Endless possibilities!

miranda kerr ballet flats

With shorts. Another spring staple (when we have been in the sun for a few days) is a pair of denim shorts. When it isn’t warm enough for sandals, or when an occasion calls for something a bit dressier than beach casual, team your ballet flats with denim shorts and an oversized t-shirt tucked into your belt. Easy, chic and super comfy.

shorts ballet flats olivia palermo

Here are the ballet flats making our radar in the new spring stock:

untitled-6052The classic two-tone black ballerina, hand made in Tuscany. $165.95

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Neutral grey, perfect for transition between winter greys and spring colour. Handmade in Tuscany. $159.95

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A beautiful muted red that effortlessly compliments denims, blues, floral prints and so much more. Handmade in Tuscany. $159.95 

Love the -ready-for-spring cherri girls

x x

Happy 2012!

It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about resolutions and things we want to achieve through out the year.

We’ve heard the best way to stick to these goals we make in the first few days of January, in a flush of New Year’s after glow, is to break them down into bite sized pieces.

So if you’ve got a biggie, like ‘quit smoking’, or ‘lose weight’, then start with that but write down how you’re going to get there too. Be really realistic. Like, we mean really.

Don’t kid yourself that going cold turkey will work straight off. Maybe start with ‘I’m not going to smoke a cigarette with my morning coffee anymore’. Then in a month’s time when that’s under control, add in something else like, ‘Now I’m not going smoke in my car any more either ‘ and keep working up to it. Write it all down and plan it out too. Put it on a calendar even or in your diary. It takes the pressure off but lets you creep up on your goal and actually get there.

Same with everything else. Don’t kid yourself in all your good intentions and enthusiasm that you will keep up going to the gym everyday. Aim for twice a week. That’s realistic. Or maybe it’s not right now, maybe once a week is but it’s better than nunce! Slow and steady wins the race!

Most of the time it comes down to priorities too. You’ve got to want it. When I was into photography, once upon a time, I was whingeing to a friend of mine about how I ‘couldn’t afford film’ (yes, it was a while ago ok, pre-digi!) and how I’d ‘do more of it if I had more money’. He just looked at me and said ‘Funny, you can afford to have a beer here at the pub with me but yet you can’t afford the few dollars for film. That’s interesting, isn’t it?’ ….Ouch, he shot me! But he was right and I remember that to this day. Sometimes you’ve got to make a few sacrifices for the greater good and stop making excuses for yourself.

So yeah, don’t have that croissant every morning before work if you’re trying to save for a holiday. Take the money you spend on coffee every day and get a pedicure at the end of the week instead, if you want some more pampering in your life. Work a way around it, whatever it is!

Here at cherri we are writing lists. We’re calling these lists ‘In 2012 I will…’ They’ve got all sorts on them, from climbing Mt Lofty, to tandem skydiving, to getting to the dentist! And they’re long (better odds of achieving some of them at least!).

We’re sticking them up in our back room so we see them everyday and we keep each other on track.

What’s on your list this year and how are you going to get there?

Oh and here’s some photos of shoes, just in case you thought you were on the wrong blog! :D

Happy New Year everyone!

New ‘Criss’ laser cut leather ballet flats $185

New ‘Criss’ snake skin sandal $185

New ‘Criss’ Chanel style ballet flats $195

Not all ballet flats are created equal

We know the search for the perfect ballet flat can sometimes feel like the eternal quest more aligned with that of  the Grail than a simple matter of picking out a new pair of kicks, however, DO NOT GIVE UP!! We are here to help with a few pointers to try and make it a bit easier.

Just remember, not all ballet flats are created equal…

Like a good pair of jeans, or the perfect leather jacket, ballet flats might take a little while to find and you will need to try many on to get to ones that fit just so but when you do, you will live in them and they will have been worth the wait and the investment.

So here we go….

  • Avoid a low cut in the front of the shoe if you have problem with where the matatarus bone connects to the proximal phalange (are you impressed with our technical speak??) or basically where your big toe connects to the rest of your foot, it’s usually where bunions pop out. Go for something higher cut where the seam sits above the joint so it doesn’t apply pressure and cause painful bone ache!
High cut ballet flat by cherri bellini $150


  • ALWAYS go for a good quality leather lining as well as a leather upper as this is what will allow the shoe to give and mould to your foot and allow your skin to breathe. This is the only way to avoid being torn to ribbons as you hopelessly try to break in synthetic shoes.
Super soft leather ballet flats by Marcopizzi $195


  • Keep trying. It’s not that ‘that style shoe just doesn’t suit me’, it’s just that you haven’t found the right pair yet. Every pair is different as is every brand and each size. Try, try and try some more…


  • When you have found your good quality leather upper and leather lined ballet flats, buy them firm. Quite firm in fact. A good quality leather should move quickly and easily once the warmth from your body starts to heat it up. The heat in your feet as you walk around will start to relax the leather almost immediately. If you buy good quality leather loose or just comfy to start with, you will be walking out of them on your second or third wear. So, go tight.

Firm to start with ballet flats by Marcopizzi $195


  • Finally, if you end up with a leather soled ballet flat (and this goes for all your shoes that have a leather sole), have a ‘Topy’ sole put on them at your trusted local shoe repairer. It’s a non-slip surface and incredibly durable. The rest of the shoe will fall apart before you go through a ‘Topy’ sole! They extend the life of your shoes and are worth every penny. They shouldn’t cost you more than around the $30 mark for a pair. Make sure you do it before the weather gets rainy as leather soles are slippery little suckers!

Good luck on your quest! :)