Out of the tons of foldable flats out in the market, which one should you choose? They're all comfortable and relatively durable in spite of their bendy properties. They all look pretty good too - good enough to wear by themselves instead of just first aid for high heel-caused sore feet. I think there are two things you should look for: how thick and springy the sole is and how convenient the pouch is.
Yes, the pouch matters. So much. I hate having to jam the foldable flats inside a too-small pouch while touching the dirty soles, and I also dislike having to bring a separate bag for my high heels. Thankfully, Cocorose London has got the perfect pouch for both their foldable flats and my heels!
The pouch is very roomy and fits the flats with no trouble. It also comes with a detachable satin bag for the shoes. How cool is that?
Oh but why am I just raving about the pouch? Check out the foldable flats, they are lovely.
Thick, springy sole that has a good purchase on the floor? Check.
I love it! Now there are two downsides: Cocorose flats do not come cheap. The one I have, Belgravia from the Diffusion Line, is P3,290! Sticker shock, indeed. The Classic Elegance line fetches P5,490 each. From what I understand, Cocorose is an exclusive brand in Europe and Japan, in the same level as Repetto and French Sole but at a more reasonable price.
Okay, for the other possible con - I'm worried that the thin garter that holds the shoes together might wear down fast. It feels delicate. But I guess I just have to put my trust on European craftsmanship and not fret too much about pulling the shoes out of shape.
Overall, I can confidently say that Cocorose London foldable flats are the best kind I've tried (I've tried two other brands before). I always carry Belgravia when I'm in for a full day of serious walking in heels, but I also like to use it by itself since the style is too pretty. If only it weren't that expensive, I would get more!
Cocorose London is available in Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza and Alabang Town Center.
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