I purchased these Cole Haan Air Natalie Open Toe Ballet Flats as an option to wear with my bridesmaids dress for my friend's wedding this summer. The bridesmaids are wearing gowns, so the feet will be covered and likely won't be seen, but I purchased a whole smack of shoes just to see if I would come up with anything I liked. The dress is apparently a silvery white (I say apparently, because I haven't seen the dress or the material yet). *If* I was to purchase a pair of shoes (I actually already own a pair of flats that I think will match the dress), I would want it to be something I'd wear more than once! Even though they aren't really my style, I thought I would try out these Cole Haan flats. I wasn't expecting much, but I was actually quite shocked at how comfortable they are. Here are some IRL photos:
Quality and Comfort: The leather is so soft and supple. The sole is leather with a rubber heel and a bit of goring at the front:
A good amount of padding in the footbed, hence the "air", although I would say the Tory Burch "Eddie" flats have a little bit more padding. The inside of the shoe seems to be suede or nubuck, so very soft and little chance of rubbing. There is a little bit of elastic around the heel of the shoe so my heels don't slip out but they aren't so tight that they will dig into the ankles or heels:
Fit: Narrow. If you have regular width feet or wider, you may want to consider going up half a size. I purchased them in my typical size 6 and they were perfect for my slightly narrow feet.
The color of these aren't the greatest (Marble Nappa/Light Grey). Kind of bland and not very flattering to my skin tone and they won't really match the dress anyway, so for that reason they are going back. I did order a yellow pair just to ponder over. LOL. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep them yet. But if these are your style and you are looking for a ballet flat that is not only comfortable but looks a little bit different, I highly recommend them. You know I don't say that too often. Regular price is $157.50 but selected colors are on sale at Endless with an extra 13.6% cash back from Bigcrumbs. For my link (for which I will get a small commission if used), click here.