Perfect Black Ballet Flats

My friends Lauren and Olivia, jocking my style, as per usual.

It's a sad day when you realize that your trusty black ballet flats may need to go to the big closet in the sky. After two faithful years of service, I think my J.Crew leather ballet flats are needing to retire. Sure, I have a million other pairs of flats and loafers, but there is something about a classic black ballet flat that pulls every outfit together.


My dream fall look right now. Including new black ballet flats, of course!
H&M Scarf, Topshop Sweater, Michael Kors Earrings, Steve Madden Flats, J.Crew Minnie Pants

J.Crew Quilted Vest, Marc Jacobs Watch, Juicy Couture Bracelet, Zara Bag

And so my dear friends, the search begins for a new black ballet flat. Sure, I could just buy the same pair from J.Crew, but to be honest, that already was my second pair in a row (I know, you're all shocked). I wanted to try something a little different for my next pair and hey, if the new pair doesn't work out, I can always go back. 

After much searching, I've have narrowed down the options to the ones I really like, can afford (remember, I'm DI-challenged), and are available in my size. I'd love your help in deciding which would be my best bet!


Steve Madden Kwilted Ballet Flats - $63


French Sole Passport Ballet Flats - $195



Bloch Patent Leather Ballet Flat - $100

Kate Spade Felice Bow Flats - $198

Ann Taylor Leather Ballet Flats - $118

Michael Kors Flats - $150

Tory Burch Reva Flats - $195

To be honest, I'm kind of feeling the first pair of ballet flats! I like the combo of quilted and patent and you cannot beat that price! Which pair of black ballet flats do you all like best?

Xo J

Comments

  1. I could talk a blue streak about black flats! I wear an 11 and am tough on shoes. I am eternally on the hunt for the next "perfect pair" and through trial and (A LOT) of error, Revas have become my go to. (Even though they are a b%&*$ to break in!) I have tried Bloch and I find them uncomfortable. Love the look of the Ann Taylor ones and French Sole are well made. Have you looked at Tieks? A friend has a pair and swears by them: http://tieks.com/matte-black.html I love the jaunty soles and fold up factor, next on my list.

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    1. I haven't tried Tieks but my friend Christy swears by them. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  2. Forgot to mention Me Too! My beloved Patty is no longer available in balck (though Rack has them periodically) http://www.amazon.com/Me-Too-Womens-Patty-Leopard/dp/B005XWS3J0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349274989&sr=8-1&keywords=me+too+patty

    These are much less spendy than the Tieks: http://www.metooshoes.com/me-too/flats/metro.html

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    1. Great tip about the Me Toos. I was curious if they were comfy so glad to hear!

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  3. The Kate Spade pair look great! Also have you looked at Sam Edelman?

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    1. I haven't CIP, thanks for the reminder :)

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  4. I agree with KW-- Me Too flats are the most comfortable flat EVER!

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  5. You should try these, I was really iffy about payless but they are the comfiest flats I've ever owned (and I've owned lots) and look exactly like those MK ones.

    http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10088&subCatId=cat10276&skuId=088584070&productId=70092&lotId=088584&category=&catdisplayName=Womens

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  6. I own several of the Bloch flats and love them. I have pretty narrow feet, so I am a snob about my flats, and these are very comfortable. I have the patent leather in two colors, and they have been holding up very well. I am probably biased because I wore Bloch shoes when I was taking ballet years ago. Good luck in your search.

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    1. Great to know that they are comfortable. Thanks Amy!

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  7. I like the first ones the best AND a great deal! xo

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  8. I just started my own replacement pair hunt. So far I've found a simple pair of Nine West flats that fit the bill, and at $60, its fine if they only last me 9-12 months. http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=80636&vid=1&pid=426691002

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  9. I have a pair of black leather ballet flats by Sam Edelman that have been awesome. Except I think I should have used leather conditioner sooner b/c they are starting to show some wear ................ ooh, T&S post on "how to's" of leather? ;)

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  10. I have two pairs of J Crew ballet flats and LOVE them - however, I don't have a black pair. Hmm, need one.

    I feel like Steve Madden shoes always hurt me. I've always wanted to try French Sole, and that pair you selected is so cute! So I vote for that one. :)

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  11. ok so my boss has been riding with me this week and i have been super busy. but now i'm sitting down with a glass of wine and catching up. first...this is my kind of post. i vote for the french sole pair. i think a staple like black flats should be high quality and super comfortable. i've only read good things about french sole flats, and it is astonishing that i do not have any myself. that may perhaps change shortly.

    i have never been able to wear steve madden flats. they just aren't comfortable to me. but that may just be my weird feet. i have two pair of me too flats...they are well made for the money. i also find that leather flats are always more comfortable than patent. especially in the TB Revas. i have a basic black leather pair of Revas that i've had for three years now. they are very comfortable, and have held up well considering the hell i've put them through.

    ok. that's my two dollars worth :) i will be looking forward to seeing what you decided to go with!

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