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7 Comfortable Ballet Flats Keep You Light On Your Feet

Comfortable Ballet Flats: Born Julianne

Born Julianne. Source: Born Shoes Facebook

Ballet flats are perennially popular for a number of reasons.  They’re easy to wear, versatile, lightweight, and comfortable – IF you don’t have fussy feet.  But if you have plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, a wide toe/narrow heel combination, or require arch support, you may have felt left out from the world of ballet flat-wearers.  Well, you can now join the club, because we’ve found a selection of comfortable ballet flats with features to accommodate a number of foot issues.  Read on to find which pair of comfortable ballet flats is right for you.

comfortable ballet flats : Born Julianne Knit

Born Julianne Knit

Let’s start with a Barking Dog Shoes reader favorite, the Born Julianne.  This sleek, classic flat has moderate arch support, comes in oodles of colors, and is available in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths.  The soft leather and cushioned footbed earned this flat a spot in our recent post featuring comfortable shoes for bunions. Find the Born Julianne (with some colors on sale) at Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.


Comfortable Ballet Flats : Vionic Matira

Vionic Matira

It didn’t take much reading of online reviews to know the Vionic Matira was an obvious choice for our roundup of comfortable ballet flats! One reviewer after another says the Vionic Matira is one of the most comfortable flats they’ve worn.  No wonder – the shoes are biomechanically designed to hug your arches and support natural alignment from the ground up. Even those with fallen arches are wowed by the great arch support.   Others like the elastic collar which keeps the heel from slipping and secures the shoe to your foot (even on narrower feet), but isn’t too tight.  The soft leather uppers and cushioned insoles also earn frequent mention, and the footbed is removable should you need to use your own orthotic. Find the Vionic Matira at Zappos.

Comfortable Ballet Flats: Earth Alina

Earth Alina

Another great option with good arch support is the Earth Alina flat.  This better-than-basic style also features Earth’s exclusive comfort footbed. We love the feminine bow detailing, slight heel, and selection of rich, beautiful colors.   Find the Earth Alina at Zappos and Nordstrom.

Comfortable Ballet Flats : Arcopedico L15D

Arcopedico L15D

The Arcopedico L15D has an upper made of Lytech material, which stretches and forms to the foot – perfect for women with bunions and/or hammertoes.  The higher vamp on this shoe is also a welcome feature for bunion sufferers, as it will fully cover and not cut across the sensitive bunion zone.

Arcopedico L15

This lightweight, flexible shoe also utilizes Arcopedico’s patented twin arch system for superior arch support.  However, if you need to use an orthotic, the insole is removable.  The Arcopedico L15D is also vegan-friendly – no animal products are used in the manufacturing process.  Find the Arcopedico L15D at Zappos.

comfortable ballet flats : sam edelman felicia

Sam Edelman Felicia. Source: Sam Edelman Facebook

The Sam Edelman Felicia gets good reviews from wearers with bunions, and also from those with narrower feet.  And if you have a unique shoe size, the Sam Edelman Felicia might be a great option – it’s available in sizes 4-13, and is also available in a wide width. Reviewers like the soft leather and light cushioning underfoot, but if you need arch support, you may want check out some of our other recommendations.   Find them (including versions for little kids & toddlers!) at Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.

comfortable ballet flats : hush puppies chaste ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet is somewhat unique among ballet flats for its roomy toe box. Wearers with a wide heel-narrow toe combination or bunion sufferers may find these to be a good option.  This is intended to be a minimal, “nearly-barefoot” classic ballet flat. It features HPO2Flex™ uppers that conform to the foot, and the footbed has some cushioning, but there’s minimal arch support.  However, numerous reviewers say they’ve successfully added their own arch inserts.  These also have an elastic cuff for secure fit. Find the Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet flat (with some colors on sale) at Zappos, HushPuppies.comAmazon, and Nordstrom.

Comfortable Ballet Flats : Josef Seibel Pippa

Josef Seibel Pippa

The Josef Seibel Pippa series features a number of different styles of comfortable ballet flats, several with interesting detailing, and all of which get good reviews for cushioning, slipper-like comfort, and classic-but-not-boring styling.  Check out the whole Josef Seibel Pippa line at Zappos and Nordstrom.

We recently reviewed Rothy’s flats as they’re so popular right now! Find out what we think about these innovative shoes made from recycled plastic bottles.

Readers are often our best resource – what are your favorite comfortable ballet flats? What particular need(s) do they meet for you? We’d love to hear from you!

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21 Responses to 7 Comfortable Ballet Flats Keep You Light On Your Feet

  1. cedar says:

    Cobb Hill Emma is the most comfortable ballet flat I’ve worn. Trotters Sizzle is another comfy flat.

  2. Amy D. says:

    The Alegria Petal is also worth considering – good arch support, roomy toe-box, leather-lined.

  3. Ellen T says:

    Perfect timing for me – I need to replace my well-worn ballet flats and was planning to try to find some that might offer a little more support. I have had good luck with other Joseph Seibel shoes, so will try those as well as the Vionic Matira. I have narrow feet with long toes and a high arch, and easily aggravated bunionettes.

  4. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Ellen! Let us know how they work out.

  5. Elena says:

    I just got my first pair of Born Essen flats – the lace up ones you reviewed awhile ago. The cognac was half off on Amazon. They are amazing! I really appreciate all the reviews of shoes for people with foot/back issues. I have slowly replaced all the shoes in my closet with shoes that work for my feet/hip/back issues and I am so much happier. Thanks for keeping us healthy and fashionable!

  6. Jessica says:

    My Cobb Hill Rev Chi flats are the ONLY flats I find comfortable. I’ve had tailors bunion surgery on both feet and have a slight bunion on my left foot, and apparently I’m sensitive because I find basically every shoe to be uncomfortable. The Rev Chis are so soft and have great cushioning and don’t go anywhere near my bunion or scars. I’ve already tried a few of the shoes listed here without any luck, but I’ll try a few more! Thanks as always for the suggestions!

  7. Amanda says:

    SAS has a new ballet flat that I just bought. It’s really comfy! What I like best is that it has a removable footbed that I can throw in the washer. Usually my flats get pretty stinky cuz I don’t like wearing socks with them. They are also made in America, so that’s a plus.

  8. Luisa says:

    Great article! Do you know if anyone is selling shoes for odd sized feet? My right foot is a half number bigger than my left and sometimes I have to buy two pairs, but I wish there was a better way.

  9. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Luisa,

    I don’t know how helpful this site would be, but I just stumbled across it: Could you use an insole in one shoe to take up the difference? That might feel weird..I did find this article and it talks about Nordstrom doing split sizing? I had no idea.

  10. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Great tip, Amanda. Thank you!

  11. Jeanette says:

    I have very wide feet and a bunion on my right foot. I love ballet flats but unfortunately, could not find a pair to fit my very wide feet and narrow heels. Until I tried Vivobarefoot. Be forewarned, they do not offer arch support since they are a barefoot shoe. I am still on the fence about how I feel about that since I like having some arch support, but they do not bother my bunion and are wide enough to accommodate my forefoot and snug in the back to fit my narrow heels.

  12. Bette says:

    Do you know of a ballet flat that has a v-shaped vamp? I find every ballet flat cuts into my big toe joint. Ideas welcomed!

  13. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Bette,

    How about the Earth Mara? I love it in navy. Zappos carries it too but not in navy.

  14. Bette says:

    Thanks! I will definitely give it a try. Sometimes the arch in Earth and Earthies is a little too aggressive for me — I prefer a true flat — but it is worth a shot! Thank you!

  15. judith parker says:

    I was told by a Nordstrom shoe department manager that they will allow a purchase in two different sizes.

  16. Jenn says:

    I’m so bummed at the lack of non-suede options this fall. I’d also pay good money for a red flat with bunion room and arch support for my flat feet. But veritable unicorns will be roaming the earth before THAT happens. :/

  17. Michaelynn says:

    Would you please update this report for fall 2018? Thank you so much for the information.

  18. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I did a few updates 🙂 I do plan to do a fall round-up of flats, loafers–all with comfort features. Check back soon!

  19. papermageling says:

    I recently got some Rothy’s flats, and I’m finding them very comfortable.

    They have a removable footbed, although the one that comes with it is not particularly supportive (with the included footbed, they basically feel like slippers). The upper is stretchy, and comfortably accommodates my kind of wide toes. They are also machine washable, and look quite sleek. The sizing is pretty typical for flats, which I find run a bit smaller than more casual shoes.

  20. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Good to know! I’ve wondered about Rothys.

  21. Nellie says:

    I have regular medium width, narrow heel. Is there a dressy flat shoe that I can buy,or brand that sells shoes for my problem. Thank you

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