Comfortable Women's Flats

Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Kirsten Borrink


Comfortable Stylish Flats for Narrow Heels

Peevish flats that behave like flip-flops–this is the number one shoe complaint from those with narrow heels. I recently spoke with a woman who had given up on “those cute ballet flats” since her heel slipped right out with every step. When confronted with a shoe dilemma, I can usually shoot back five recommendations, but I had nothing to offer. I accepted the challenge, came home and started to search.

Sorel skimmre

1.  Sorel Skimmer: A Zappos customer states, “I have very narrow heels, flat feet and one bunion. This is a better fit than my Weitzmans.” Buttery soft leather uppers, but no arch support. Order up a half to full size as they do run small. $100@Zappos, $, $79-100 at Piperlime.

Me too legend

2.  Me Too Legend: Me Too specializes in flexible, cushioned ballet flats (with a little bit of arch support and a an extra poof of heel padding). The Legend is a crowd favorite. Here’s another quote from a happy narrow-heeled Zappos customer, “I’ve finally found a black flat that works for my incredibly narrow heel and that isn’t a Mary Jane.”$79@Zappos, $67-79@Amazon.
Bloch fonteyn

3.  Bloch Fonteyn: Maker of dance footwear, the Bloch Fonteyn doubles as an everyday ballet flat with superbly soft leather uppers and fit that’s, well, like a glove. “I have a very narrow heel but don’t slip out of these,” says a Zappos customer. Order up a half to full size for best fit. $100@Zappos, $

Gabor shoes
4. Gabor 44.169: A German brand with typical European shoe sensibilities, Gabor is increasing their brand awareness in the US. Gabor is a “fit” brand. Focusing their attention on the last (the wooden form which shoe is constructed around), Gabor aims for a glove-like fit. Online reviews are limited currently, but what I’ve read is glowing. Available at Zappos and Endless.

Arche laius

5. Arche Laius: By far the priciest flat ever featured on BDS. I’ve known of the Parisian brand Arche for a few years and have come to realize that they’re preferred by a more cultured crowd than me. I recommend the Laius flat for women with narrow feet from toe to heel. Soft leather uppers with a flexible latex outsole make this flat feel more like a slipper (runs small, order up).$219-285@Zappos, $137-148@Endless.

After hitting publish, I found another great little shoe by Blondo that comes in multiple widths and looks like it might be a perfect fit for wider forefoot/narrow heel combination: take a look here, even more widths available here.

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7 Responses to Comfortable Stylish Flats for Narrow Heels

  1. cedar says:

    I have the Me Too Legend in red patent. It is very comfortable and does, indeed, stay put. I get compliments every time I wear them. It’s not possible to wear them and not smile.

  2. tagatha says:

    I’ve bought several pairs of Gabor over the past 20 years and they’ve really fit like gloves. No pinched toes or blisters or sore spots (not even in high heels!). They’re absolutely fabulous.

  3. Chris says:

    I recently got a very cute pair of flats, but ran into the same problem I have with other shoes. My forefoot is wide, but my heel is narrow. If I get a wide shoe to accommodate my forefoot, then it flops off my heel (even with a heelie in). If I get a shoe to fit my heel, then I cut off circulation to my toes lol Any suggestions?

  4. cedar says:

    The Naturalizer Creston has a snug fit at the heel. It’s a comfy flat. I have it in navy leather, runs TTS.

  5. Shannon says:

    Hi! Can you do an update for spring? Most of these styles aren’t available; and I’d love some options (some more casual) to wear with kick crop pants! thanks

  6. Evelyn Bailey says:


    Your link to Blondo Bettina wide was reassuring as trying to find these shoes in 8W. All sizes are no longer available, even via your link.
    All your suggestions & link are very much apprecited.
    Look forward to another Spring update publish from you.
    Thank you!

  7. Lisa Dean says:

    Have you tried Tieks? What do you think about these for bunions?

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