How to Find the Perfect Everyday Ballet Flat

Posted On January 11, 2016 at 10:43 pm by / No Comments

Everyone has that pair of “everyday fallback ballet flat”, you know: the ones you wear so often that people wonder if you have any other shoes. 

While I may not be THE expert, I think I have garnered enough life experience to say that I know what to look for when it comes to finding a reasonably priced and COMFORTABLE pair of ballet flats. Interested? Read on to get my advice on finding that perfect pair of flats.

Things to Consider

1. Price

I’m just gonna come out and say it: if you want a good pair of long-lasting flats, you’re gonna need to drop some money.

If you want any sort of comfort and durability, you’re going to need to spend AT LEAST $25-30 dollars, and that’s the minimum. Some of the more comfortable flats run around $60-$100+ dollars. If you’re reluctant to spend that much, consider this: would you rather have a pair of $20 dollar flats that you need to replace around 4 times a year, or a pair of $80 dollar flats that will last all year long? Either way you’re still wearing the same flats (more or less) Wouldn’t you rather not have to bother with replacing them? Exactly.10898085_10152691445204149_6425176056773378604_n

2. Practicality

 Before you buy a pair, ask yourself: can you see yourself wearing these flats every day? Or do these only go with that cute top you bought last weekend? If your answer is the latter, then these aren’t your “everyday flats”.
Everyday flats should go with anything you wear, which means you should try and stick to a neutral color (meaning they are one solid color, not some “rainbow bright bedazzler flats”, although those sound pretty epic). Before you purchase your shoes, you need to be able to envision yourself wearing those flats with anything, and to anywhere. If you can visualize that, you’ve got a winner.

3. Comfort

When you slip on a pair of candidate flats, you want to think “Wow, these are super comfy!” and not “Hm, kind of tight… but they’re so cute!”. Sure, those tight flats may be cute, but they’re not gonna be so cute when you’re limping across campuswishing you hadn’t thrown away your receipt. The bottom line is: style aside, COMFORT should be the first thing you consider when it comes to a looking for a ballet flat to wear often. They need to fit perfectly, feel good, and not rub your feet the wrong way (literally).

And since we’re on the subject of comfort, I thought I’d suggest one very important investment to further enrich your ballet flat experience. Whenever I buy a new pair of flats, I hate when the back of the flats starts digging into my heel: it hurts and sometimes even leaves a scar or bruise. Well, in order to stop that bothersome issue, all you need to do is invest in a pair of Heel Liners.  These babies are the best – just stick them onto the backs of your flats, and bam, all the hassle of wearing in your flats is gone. Goodbye discomfort!

4. Research

The last thing I want to suggest before you go out there in search of your ballet flats, is have a set idea of what you want. As flats are very popular nowadays, there are thousands of them on the market – some good, some not so good. And with so many styles, the search may get overwhelming.

One good thing about the internet is that you can do research way ahead of time to narrow down your search. Check out reviews on flats you are interested in because they are often helpful and can save you precious time later on.

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