Never mind that they're the wrong size. They're in my color: purple. (Well, OK, lavender). These shoes are actually much prettier than they appear in this photo, which I shot through a display window.
I mean, what's not to like? In addition to the lovely color and details, they're from Chanel, made in France: no knock-offs here.
So where did I find these chaussures carines?
Well, since you're reading this blog, you probably have guessed that I saw them during the course of my ride today. So, of course, the question becomes: Where did I ride today?
I don't know how those blotches got onto that photo. But at least you know that there were boats moored where I cycled today.
And they weren't just any old boats. Nor were the others I saw at my destination. They belong to some of the wealthiest people on the planet.
If your "Great Gatsby" associations led you to think I was riding along Long Island Sound, you'd be right. Except, I wasn't riding much along the Long Island part.
Rather, these photos came from Greenwich, Connecticut. The consignment shop in which I saw those lavender Chanel ballet flats is just up the hill from the yacht club, where I saw those boats.
You might think that I'd need to
But, given the kinds of pedals I ride these days, I think I could get away with pedaling in those Chanel ballet flats as they are. Would Coco approve?
The idea that I would use them for cycling made me think of a joke I played on Stella Buckwalter, who worked at Open Road Cycles and later opened, with her then-partner Stelios Tapanakis.
Orange was her favorite color. In a thrift store, I found a pair of pumps in that color with 15 cm (6") heels.
She had recently bought a new bike, onto which she had installed a pair of SPD pedals.
So--you guessed it--I drilled out the soles of those shoes to accept SPD cleats!
She got a kick out of them--even though the shoes were the wrong size. I figured as much when I found them, but they were only $1--and worth much more than that in the laugh I got out of her.
Of course, drilling the shoe and installing those cleats defeated one of the purposes of off-road SPD shoes and pedals: It was impossible to walk in those pumps with the cleats on them!
Then again, knowing Stella, I doubt that she would have tried such a thing, even if the shoes fit!