Do stylish, comfortable ballet flats exist?

posted 1 week ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you like ballet flats?
    Yes : (39 votes)
    64 %
    No : (10 votes)
    16 %
    It's a love-hate relationship : (12 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    536 posts
    Busy bee

    Yes!! I have 3 pairs of this one style from Jessica Simpson hold on I’ll find 

    Post # 4
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    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I am a huge ballet flat fan. I found two pairs of Lucky Brand flats at Marshalls that I love and wear around all the time. I work in the schools and go to classroom to classroom (tons of walking) each day and my feet love them! I’ve also heard amazing things about Tieks as well so I may take the plunge soon. All the pairs I really like do have the elastic, though, which is what you say you don’t like.

    It’s often hit or miss for me too, so I often go to Nordstrom Rack or Marshalls where they have a good selection of random shoes, and walk up and down a few aisles when trying on shoes to make sure I like them.

    Post # 5
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    886 posts
    Busy bee

    Actually the only ones that dont rub on my heels are the kind with the elastic back. I bought mine from Payless and they are super comfy.

    Post # 6
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    697 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I feel like they are always more comfortable when I go up 1/2 size. I always press on the back of them to make sure there is some give to to heel before buying. If it’s too stiff, that’s when I get blisters.

    Post # 7
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    30 posts
    Newbee

    If you’re finding that it’s the bottom of your foot suffering from uneven ground (not sure if that’s what you meant, but i think i read it right), insoles might help if you find flats that are otherwise comfortable. And agreed on the elastic: blisters form from material sliding around, which it’s less likely to do if there’s an elastic holding it close.

    Post # 8
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    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Look for flats in a softer material like suede that won’t rub your feet too much and avoid patent leather for example which will be very stiff and more likely to rub. Bottom line, though, any shoes are going to need a “breaking in” period, after which they should be more molded to your feet and more comfortable… Good luck!

    Post # 9
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    5463 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I have several pair of cole haan flats and loveee them! 

    Post # 10
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    8880 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Silicone arch supports are a huge help for flats if you have high arches. I love my tieks, although they don’t come in half sizes and so it can be tricky. But they’ll exchange until the shoes are worn. 

    Post # 11
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    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Every pair of ballet flats ever digs into my heels and gives me blisters. If I get them bigger they fall off. I wish I could wear them! I have one pair I can wear that I’ve worn in and they’re absolutely ancient, and that’s it. 

    Post # 12
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    15 posts
    Newbee

    They are a bit spendy, but my AGLs are sooo comfortable. They are made of Italian leather and hold up very nicely 

    Post # 13
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    464 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m a ballet flat lover!  But I’m also one that needs zero support in my shoes. I’m looking for a good pair & plan on giving lucky brand a try. 

    Post # 14
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    2220 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    qqch :  I totally feel you about the elastic backs, but as an owner of 2 pairs of Tieks – they do NOT dig into your heels whatsoever!! I’m a teacher, so I’m on my feet almost 100% of the time, and they are life changing. So comfortable and SO worth the price! I know you said you don’t love them, but just had to throw out a HUGE endorsement from someone who has had waaaaaay too many blisters from flats with elastic backs. 

    Post # 15
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    8 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I have a pair of Tieks and am planning on getting another pair for my wedding day. I hate shoes, generally wear flip flops and tennis shoes for work. I hate shoes that rub my heels or are too tight in the toes. My tieks were fantastic from day 1. I did go up a size, but I don’t have them in leather, I have the silver pair. Supposedly the leather ones stretch a fair bit.

    I highly recommend taking the plunge. Their customer service is fantastic. My pair was a gift and they didn’t fit. The company sent me a larger pair and told me to send back whichever felt better! 

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