Ball on the Mall (and not the kind that requires cleats)

Last Friday was the L’enfant Society’s first annual Ball on the Mall. The L’enfant Society itself is in its infancy (pun intended) as it was just formed in January 2009 to be the Trust for the National Mall’s group for young professionals. Since most “balls” on the mall are of the softball, kickball, bocceball variety, the grounds take quite a beating! The Trust for the National Mall works to keep the mall in tip top shape–after all, it is America’s Front Yard.

Queen Bee Designs' Allison Priebe Brooks and I in matching Manolos!

Queen Bee Design's Allison Priebe Brooks and I in matching Manolos!

This black tie affair was a sold out event with over 650 in attendance. Set in a tent in the middle of the mall, the venue offered a view found only in DC with the Washington Monument to the west and the Capitol to the east. However, given that it was literally on the mall many wondered about the footing for the evening, which obviously would affect footwear choices. Anyone who has accidentally aerated a lawn with their stilettos, knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Thanks to a sole-savvy planning committee, the ground was covered with an astro turf fabric, and the dance floor was totally solid. At first the footing was a bit tricky, but as soon as it clicked in you weren’t on a totally flat surface, walking in heels was no more difficult than it normally is after several adult beverages. As one poster on a Late Night Shots forum said:

I navigated fine in my Gucci heels over the floor

I think this poster was spot on, as I saw lots of snazzy stilettos and not one fallen party girl.


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