Reliable flat shoes: DO YOU HAZ THEM?
February 18, 2011 9:18 PM Subscribe
Recommendations for good quality ballet flats?
posted by jaynewould to clothing, beauty, & fashion (18 answers total) 52 users marked this as a favorite
Last winter I upgraded from vinyl boots to all-leather ones and, while they cost five times more money - ON SALE - and it took forever to find a pair for my wide calves, the difference was incredible. I'll be getting them resoled soon in time for autumn. I've never had a pair of shoes-I-wear-every-day last so long! The same magic happened when I swapped my Target tennis shoes for Converse. Now I am looking to upgrade my ballet flats also.
I normally buy the $5 ones from Kmart because, dude, $5. But they smell funny and last about two weeks and one wonders at the production environment of a pair of $5 shoes, really. I have seen some nice leather ones at chains like Country Road, Sambag and Witchery for around $100, more expensive ones from French Sole and Repetto, and really reeeally expensive ones from Chanel and Lanvin.
I worry a bit about the chain store ones because you can sometimes actually see the glue holding the soles on - they're very thin. I'm hard on shoes (flat feet, and I'm rather heavy and walk a lot), so I don't expect them to last longer than maybe a year, but they won't be getting rained on or anything. I'm looking for very plain, matte, black leather in a size 40 or 41.
There is a question in all this! What ballet flats have you/your wife/your friend/that lady you sit next to on the train personally worn and considered to be good quality? I'm especially looking for shoes where the sole didn't peel off at the toe or heel, which is what happens with the cheap vinyl ones. I'm happy to shell out for the Repettos if they're the best out there, but if there's an acceptable cheaper option that would be awesome. Equally, I know that expensive shoes can sometimes be crappily constructed. Also - does your brand of choice run true to size?
If you have failed with ballet flats but know of another kind of shoe (like maybe those more rugged-looking Kumfs sort of flats, but perhaps more attractive) which has held up to a lot of wear, that would also be helpful.
I'm in Australia but happy to order from Piperlime or any other stores that ship down under (Zappo's, however, does not ship here. *Sobs with rage*).