Shop talk: Slip through airport security in patriotic flats

Courtesy Pretty Ballerinas

It's hard to beat a ballet flat when it comes to slipping through the airport security line with minimal shoelessness. A new collection from 91-year-old Spanish company Pretty Ballerinas, debuting this spring, underscores the globetrotting aesthetic. The "Around the World" line has nine styles, inspired by the flags of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S., and of course, Spain. (There's also a riff on the Union Jack that is part of the company's core collection.)

I'm personally partial to the Brazil and Argentina styles—if only because their color palettes are less common—but the Japan also has a cool minimalist look. There's just one catch: The flats go for a steep $195–275 per pair. Check them out at

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