VOTE The Best Designers for Ballet Flats  

Heather Agarwal
532 votes 171 voters 14.5k views 121 items

List Rules All designers who make soft, closed-toe flats

The best ballet flats offer a combination of style and comfort, allowing the wearer to flaunt a fashionista side without teetering on a pair of sky-high, ankle-breaking stilettos. Ballet flats come in all styles and colors, and each year, a whole new crop of spring and summer-ready flats hit the market. Which ballet flats are the best? That really depends, at least in part, on personal preference. But as with all other types of shoes, certain brands might have an edge over others. I've listed some of the best brands of ballet flats around. Feel free to vote on your favorites, and, if I've left any brands out, add them.

Ballet flats shoes continue to remain fashionable, decade after decade. Just as high-heeled shoes for women have been a staple in closets, so have ballet flats. Designed to look like ballet slippers, the best ballet flats keep you low to the ground but offer enough support to keep feet comfortable. Anyone who's ever worn a pair of bad ballet flats knows the pain of stepping on the tiniest of pebbles, only to go hopping and hobbling up the street in search of more comfy footwear. The ballet flat should offer, at the very least, a little cushion in the foot bed.

Some ballet flats are leather, others are suede, so it's important to keep that in mind before you buy. Leather will be better suited for all weather. Yes, suede ballet flats are awesome, but they aren't so great when you're dodging puddles in pouring rain. Keep in mind, also, that some ballet flats do come with extra padding to allow for longer wear. And, just because you spend more, this doesn't always mean you get better quality.

One other suggestion, from a long-time ballet flats wearer: Check the fit very, very carefully. IF the ballet flat feels at all tight, it's a bad sign (yes it might loosen a tiny bit with wear, but it might not). A too-tight ballet flat is bad news: You'll wind up rotating your brand new had-to-have-them shoes to the back of your closet, where they'll sit, collecting dust, for years. Also: See how the ballet flat feels on your heel. Walk a lot in them before you buy, and if you feel them rubbing the back of your heel, put them back and walk away. Heel blisters are a really common problem with ballet flats -- and if the rubbing has already started in the store, or the first time you wear them, send them back, or be prepared to invest in a boat load of Band-aids and/or heel liners (which usually work really well, by the way).

Enjoy this list of the best ballet flats! I've tried to include a wide variety of different brands and, consequently, different price points. Prices vary wildly on ballet flats - so the chances are, at least some of these will be within your budget.
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Chanel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Fashion, Clothing

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28 8
Tod's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Textile, Clothing, Manufacturing

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26 8
Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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20 4
Cole Haan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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16 3
Me Too is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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22 11
Tory Burch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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13 3
ECCO is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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13 4
Bloch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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15 6
Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

10
11 3
Valentino S.p.A is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Fashion, Fashion design

11
13 5
Jil Sander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

12
14 6
Steve Madden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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16 8
Lucky Brand Jeans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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10 3
Sigerson Morrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

15
11 4
Prada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Fashion accessory, Clothing, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

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8 2
Delman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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11 5
TOMS is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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5 0
French Sole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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5 1
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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5 1
Yosi Samra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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5 1
Sam Edelman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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7 5
Chloé is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Fashion

23
6 4
Miu Miu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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3 1
AGL is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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3 1
Manolo Blahnik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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3 1
Naturalizer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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3 1
Dr. Scholl's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

28
2 0
Skechers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Footwear Manufacturing, Footwear Manufacturing

29
2 0
BP Shoes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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9 8
Crocs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Athletic Shoes & Apparel, Footwear Manufacturing

31
2 1
Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats
Fashion accessory, Fashion

32
1 0
Taryn Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Oscar De La Renta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Corso Como is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
3.1 Phillip Lim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Anniel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
BCBG is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Alessandro Dell'Acqua is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Ash Instinct is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Gentle Souls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Nine West is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Bella Vita is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Kristin Cavallari is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Mia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 0
Soda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 1
Sperry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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1 1
Aerosoles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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0 0
Seychelles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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0 0
Isola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats

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0 0
Louise et Cie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Designers for Ballet Flats