Did you know that the history of the ballerinas started already in 16th century? And at the time also men wear them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_flat)? Heh, I can only imagine my husband wearing them! That would be so funny :)
I wear ballerinas lot. They are perfect summer shoes, you just slip them on and off you go! And when you have the perfect pair of ballerinas, you wear them until they are falling apart and someone perhaps mentions to you that a new pair would not be a bad idea... So when walking around Helsinki I did keep my eyes open for the new pair, but I guess my mind kept rejecting everything, as it knew that there is one shop that great shoes and from there I would most probably find what I was looking for... And that was the case...
Minna Parikka is my number one shoe designer (http://minnaparikka.com/)! I like the way she mixes colours with feminine design... She says “My designs are almost like love letters from one high heel shoe lover to another. Allow yourself to be playful and let a pair lead you to new adventures. Life is too short to take style too seriously”. Her designs has been seen for example in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar. I remember seing her shoes in Zalando.de some years back, but unfortunately they are not there anymore.Minna Parikka S/S 2013 collection is called “Color outside the lines”. I don’t like all the new designs she has done, but there are few gems in there for sure. I guess it is just a matter of taste in the end :) Here are few examples from the collection:
Minna Parikka does not only design shoes but scarves, gloves and handbags too. I do like her gloves, but have not found "the handbag" from her yet...
And the ballerinas I end up buying? Well, I needed to think quite long between these two models, but in the end I went for the black ones.
I first thought the ears in the ballerinas were bunny ears, but while in the shop I was shown the bunny ones (longer ears, like in Angora shoes) and the cat ones (shorter ears, like in Pfeiffer shoes). So mine are the ones with shorter ears...
Here are my cats after outing in Biergarden :)
Cheers for now,
Please note that the pictures of shoes, scarves, gloves and handbags belong to Minna Parikka. The not so good pictures are taken by me :)