The Most Comfortable Ballet Flats, For Work and Beyond!

comfortable ballet flats for work roundupSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

We’ve talked a lot about flats over the years, but I don’t think we’ve ever done a major roundup of the most comfortable ballet flats for work.  So ladies, let’s hear it — which are your favorites? What are your favorite ways to break in a new pair of flats, or make them more comfortable for your feet? (As someone with narrow heels I’m always adding these heel pads.) Although rounded toes have come really far for work, I still think the best flat for work is one that has a bit of a point to it, in a durable leather, preferably with a rubber sole or rubber heel for comfort and grip. I know some people hate the look of patent leather flats, but I don’t mind them, particularly in a tumbled patent leather (like the Calvin Klein flat pictured below) or a color other than black, like a nice gray. We’ve rounded up some of the best-selling, highest rated styles below — which brands and styles are your favorite?

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Coffee Break – Air Tali Ballet Flat

Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Ballet Flat,Greige Suede/Dark Gull Grey Patent,11 B US - Womens Shoes Endless has a number of Cole Haan Air ballet flats marked down, including this brownish “greige” color. I like the lace-up details, as well as the mixture of patent and suede — I’d wear them with neutrals (brown, gray, beige, black, navy) as well as with some of the brighter “pops” of colors we’re seeing this season, such as royal blue or fuschia pants (if I were daring enough to wear them to the office in the first place!). The shoes were $147.50, but are now marked to $97.85. Cole Haan Air Tali Ballet Flat


Coffee Break: Dr. Scholl’s Graduate

Dr. Scholl's - Graduate (Bronze Pulled PU) - FootwearWe’re liking these comfortable flats from Dr. Scholl — heralded by a number of readers in this post as being super comfortable.  We like the slight point to the toe, the circular buckle, and the number of different colors available — our favorites are these bronze ones (on sale for $56.70), but Zappos also has them in gunmetal, grey plaid, gold foil, and beige (Dr. Scholl’s – Graduate (Bronze Pulled PU) – Footwear).  Endless also has them in a number of pastels, a red, and a few animal prints; in limited sizes they also have two black pairs (prices range from $38.47 to $69.95), and Shoebuy has much more sizes of the plain black ones available for $68.


Coffee Break: Cole Haan Air Bacara Ballet Flats

Cole Haan Air Bacara Ballet FlatsOooo — we love these patent ballet flats from Cole Haan, with cute lacing up the back that is reminiscent of both shoelaces and corsetry all at the same time. We like the Estate Blue (pictured), but there’s a light purple for your more adventurous days and, of course, your basic black and neutral. They’re $138 at  Maria Sharapova Collection by Cole Haan Women’s Air Bacara Ballet

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