Do stylish, comfortable ballet flats exist?

posted 4 months 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 # 16
    Member
    836 posts
    Busy bee

    Comfortable, stylish ballet flats are my fashion unicorn. I would NOT recommend Tory Burch flats, have 5 pairs and they all suck. Feels like you are walking barefoot on the cement at the front of your foot, absolutely no padding on the soles. Kate Spade flats have a small shoe heel but not enough padding in the sole in the front for me. Two pairs of Tieks, the plain leather are much more comfortable than the patent or fancy leathers and if you size them right they do not dig into your heel, but I do not like the style of them, very, very plain and ugly. They do have good cushioning on the soles though, and I have walked around in them all over Europe. Ugly though. So far, style wise, my favs are Chanel ballet flats. Chanels come up higher on the sides of my feet so they are very flattering to my feet and legs. They are made like a shoe with a small heel so it helps with overall comfort. However, after 5+ hours walking, the front of my foot does wish for more padding on the sole. Currently, slightly obsessed with them and have switched over to Chanel ballet flats only for work, and I swore I would never not wear high heels. I like that Chanel ballet flats pretty much go with everything and they are classic but the exotic skin ones can’t get wet.  Repettos are useless, truly like walking around in a ballet shoe, no padding on the sole at all. Tod’s ballet flats have driving moccasin dotted bottoms and those start to hurt after awhile. And, they dig into my heel. Cole Haan Nike ballet flats are comfy but I find that they run narrow and I don’t have wide feet. Most American sized flats flop off my feet or are too small, so far only ones with European sizing fit me with out flopping off or being too tight. So basically, if you find the perfect pair, please let me know. My quest continues as my ballet flat graveyard continues to grow. I should probably just switch over to running sneakers and be done with it but I don’t like wearing running sneakers when I’m not exercising. Hope that helps

    Post # 17
    Member
    4106 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Tieks elastic does not dig in. I have 12 pairs… yes, 12…..

    They are amazingly comfy. Plus, the first pair I purchased in 2013 still look perfect despite constant wear. In fact, other than my sneakers, they are the only shoes I wear pretty much. 

    Post # 18
    Member
    4154 posts
    Honey bee

    I love cheapo target flats! I’ve tried some pricier ones that rub and cause blisters but tar-jay never lets me down lol

    Post # 19
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    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    qqch :  tieks don’t have elastic backs!!! They have elastic sides, but a padded heel with no elastic (: I LOVE my tieks. Won’t ever get anything else. They are the only ballet flats that have never given me a heel blister (even when breaking them in). They *did* require about a week of breaking in, though. But heaven ever since. 

    Post # 20
    Member
    975 posts
    Busy bee

    I have a pair of leather Roberto Vianni flats and they are sooo comfy..and stylish too as I wear them with work dresses and skinny jeans.  Goes with everything and I have walked miles and miles in them. 

    Post # 21
    Member
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Cole Haan are my go tos. Yes, they have elastic backs but they do NOT dig into my heels. So comfy.

    Post # 22
    Member
    21 posts
    Newbee

    I hear ya! I have very sensitive feet, and can hardly ever wear ballet flats.

    I agree with a pp that AGL makes great flats. If you’re looking for a pair of more affordable flats that are very comfortable try the style by Sam Edelman called “Felicia”. The classic leather that they come in is super soft. I have three pairs of the black classic soft leather alone, plus several other colors/materials.

    Also, I worked retail for 10 years, and those were my go-to shoes. Never got a blister once from them! 

    Post # 23
    Member
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2007

    I have 7 pairs of Tieks. Love them.  I do recommend the classic soft buttery leather though. I find the coated leather or patent leather are not as comfortable and/or have a breaking in period. 

    Post # 24
    Member
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My thing was finding a flat that didn’t skimp out on structure and support. Found a pair of black Lifestride flats that finally give adequate support while maintaining a dressy look. I have worn them to several interviews. I think they will have a breaking in period, as they have at times rubbed on the back of my ankle, but hopefully they become very comfortable.

    Post # 25
    Hostess
    1396 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I have had several great pairs of Coke Haan ballet flats and I love my Tieks. I haven’t had any issues with the elastic digging into my heel on any of those shoes, even when I’ve gotten a little bit puffy and swollen in the hot summer or when I’ve had to be on my feet for hours at events. 

    Post # 26
    Member
    743 posts
    Busy bee

    AGL.  They’re expensive but insanely comfortable.

    Post # 27
    Member
    901 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    megrays :  I second this, the Jessica Simpson Mandalaye flat is amazingly comfy. I have the nude, pinkish ones. 

    The second pic is of my Charlotte Russe d’orsay flats. They’re super comfy and match everything. They have less support than the ballet shoes, but they’re super cheap and nice for work. 

    Post # 28
    Member
    256 posts
    Helper bee

    Olivepepper :  how often do you wear your pair from 2013? I want to get a pair, but I’ll probably wear them almost everyday and would like to know how long they last. Thanks!

    Post # 29
    Member
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    Sam Edelman. Felicia 

    Post # 30
    Member
    799 posts
    Busy bee

    Tieks!

    i wore a pair for my wedding and they were a life saver 

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