Comfortable Women's Flats

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Kirsten Borrink


A Colorful Flat to Love – Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet (Review)

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet shoes – I call these my Drops of Jupiter shoes. The dazzly raindrop-size studs remind me of the song title by Train. The problem is, I play the song in my head long after I take them off. Weird.

I’m not normally a huge fan of ballet flats because they are just that–FLAT. But even the Barking Dog tires of over-structured, built-up, clunky comfort shoes. We review comfortable shoes for women here – not ugly utilitarian clod-hoppers. As you can see from the above photo, the Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet hugs the foot with its elasticized topline. The suede upper is super soft and skims right over bunions and hammertoes. You will not lack for cushioning, but arch support is limited to a perforated arch “bump”–more than most flats, not as much as Earthies.

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

If you’re looking for a flexible, cushioned ballet flat that will cover (no toe cleavage), you’ll have trouble choosing just ONE since it comes in over 24 colors, textures 0r materials. More good news–the Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet comes in whole and half sizes 6-12 and four widths, narrow (2A) to wide wide (E). Available at Zappos, Amazon,, and

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet

Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Stud

Do you like these shoes? Any fans out there of the Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet shoes, or those that are wearing them today? Let me know in the comments below.

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14 Responses to A Colorful Flat to Love – Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet (Review)

  1. Anne says:

    These look perfect for me — I am tired of flats with no toe stretch and completely flat insoles. BUT contrary to your review (“the Chaste Ballet comes in whole and half sizes 6-12”), they do not seem to come in my half-size: 10.5 medium. At least not at the FootSmart site. Sorry — I would have liked to give you the referral commission!

  2. Violet says:

    Cute ballet flats that have some cushioning/arch support AND come in wide widths?? I gotta get me some! Do they run true to size?

  3. Kirsten says:

    Violet, I forgot to mention that. Yes, as far as I can tell, they do. I wear a 9.5-10 and ordered the 10 medium–wouldn’t have wanted them any smaller!

  4. Rachael says:

    Kirsten, thank you as always for the great heads up on what looks like a fabulous shoe. It’s tough deciding on a color but I think I like your Drops of Jupiter best! Are they staying on your heel when walking? I have that wide foot/narrow heel problem. The 2nd picture looks like the shoe fits a little loose around the back.

  5. Kirsten says:


    The 10 1/2 conundrum. I get it. I should have looked at that more closely when stating sizing! Just this weekend, my sis-in-law said she wished more shoes came in a 10 1/2 so she could have a perfect fit. I’m not sure why companies continue up scale to size 12, but skip 10 1/2 and 11 1/2? Cost?

  6. DM says:

    I ordered a pair for me (8.5) and for my daughter, who unfortunately wears a 10.5 like the above commenter. On me, they HURT–the elastic is just taut enough that it makes the toes turn up constantly on me even though the shoes are the right length. It’s like being forced to flex all the time. For my daughter, they were less uncomfortable but still a little big. I tried on the same shoe without beads (leather) at my local DSW and they were still uncomfortable. Back they go.

  7. Violet says:

    I ordered two pairs of these lovelies and thought I’d share my review: overall, they are cute and relatively comfortable for a ballet flat.

    I have plantar fasciitis and I over pronate so I *always* look for shoes with significant arch support and stability. Since I am used to wearing fairly rigid shoes, the HP Chaste ballets feel very flat and unsupportive. I know I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing them for a day of walking, but they are great for social occasions. I think I might try some insertable arch supports to see if it makes them feel a bit more stable.

    I wear an 8 or 8.5 wide. Based on your recommendation, Kirsten, I ordered the 8.5 wide and they fit great.

    I purchased the black stud and the silver stud. They are both so cute!! In addition to the PF and overpronation, my feet are wide and have a tendency to look…well, weird, in a lot of flats. These shoes made my weird feet look adorable! I wore the black ones with a dress and tights to a wedding last Friday, then out to a sports bar with jeans and a Husker tee (GBR!!) on Saturday. I felt cute and fashionable, and my heels didn’t hurt at the end of the night.

    Yes, I’ve used cute about 17 times in this review – because the Hush Puppies Chaste ballet flats are very, very cute!

  8. JoM says:

    I bought the black pair with studs in a 7 W and they fit perfectly and are extremely comfortable. I have a very hard time finding ballet flats that fit because I have bunions and one hammertoe so need a wide and large toe box but my heels are narrow. Usually if I fit my forefoot, ballet flats fall off the backs of my heels. I am usually stuck wearing a flat with a strap. However, these ballet flats are perfect for my “duck feet.” I love them so much I ordered them in 3 more colors. The black suede ones are so soft and very classic. I also had to get the tan ones with the studs that you feature on your post. Thanks again Kirsten for a great recommendation!

  9. Anna says:

    Hey there
    my feet have a rare problem. i was born with an extra toe on my right foot, so to give my feet symmetry my parents had it surgically removed. it had the opposite effect though, because the growth of my little toe was somehow stunted. so now that toe is tiny and situated way below the other normal sized ones. and every single ballet shoe i have ever tried just cuts into that toe with extended wear. i am really hoping this one will fit me nicely. it would be a huge help if someone would be kind enough to measure the length of the toe box and let me know.
    would appreciate the help

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  13. kanwal says:

    i want these shoes ? how can i place my order?

  14. Sara says:

    Kirsten, I’ve relied on your reviews for 13 years, and I just have to let you know that the Chaste flats, at least in leather, and of such poor quality now compared to when you first reviewed them for us! (I can show you comparison photos!) Hopefully the fabric ones haven’t suffered the same fate!

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