i have a shoe confession to make... i recently in love with a shoe i never thought i could love. crocs. queue queasy sigh and disapproval! but daaaaaaaanng those things are comfy and my little ballet crocs were (dare i say) cute. after much deliberation (and desperation), i decided to try the shoes out in spain. i ordered the kadee black ballet croc flats on zappos and got them 2 days later (whoa fast shipping!) when they arrived i was surprised to discover the shoes are super light and didn't add weight or bulk to my small suitcase. day one in spain i was pretty jet lag but we wanted to see the city so we walked. a lot. and at the end of the day my feet were sore but NOTHING compared to my usual cole haan flats (they usually hurt after an hour of walking). my crocs held up in the rain, heat, and even on the beach. throughout the 10-day trip i alternated them with a pair of TOMS (which were also comfy but less flexible) and some rainbow flip flops (these were killer on my knees and didn't give any arch support).
if you're traveling soon or you just want some comfy basic flats i would recommend these shoes. bonus: they were only $30
tips: buy a size small down
if your shoes are a little snug throw them in a dryer for a few minutes and put them on (they will stretch to the perfect size).