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The best flats overall
Why you'll love them: The hardest part of shopping for flats is finding a pair that combines comfort, style, and versatility. Enter: .
This is it — the wear-with-anything shoe you've been waiting for all your life. Everlane's leather is an almost (but not quite) ballet slipper guaranteed to go with just about all your clothing, even workwear. It's like the perfect "nothing" shoe. It's cute enough not to ruin your outfit but plain enough not to make a huge statement.
Everlane's product description boasts "a snug, glove-like fit" that "will give with time and mold to the shape of your foot." Not only will the flats last, they'll get more comfortable over time! The shoes also feature pull tabs, ventilation holes, and comfy insoles to eliminate some of the most common comfort-related issues flats pose.
The come in six colors, including classics like black and white as well as some fun shades like Rose and Light Blue, and they cost 0. While not inexpensive, this is a great deal for shoes that will last you more than one season. Since the is brand-new, there aren't too many buyer reviews online. But the Insider Picks team wrote up a full review after test-driving these flats and loved them.
" are much more comfortable than any other flats I've tried," writes Insider Picks guides editor Malarie Gokey, "They actually fit my foot and move with me — not against me."
The shoes also garnered several rave reviews on The Cut, and Bustle editor Olivia Muenter reported that 100 Everlane customers who tried the shoes before the official launch had overwhelmingly positive feedback: "While the 100 reviewers all had slightly different takeaways from the shoes overall, there was one description that came up again and again: that they actually fit like gloves."
Pros:Molds to your foot shape over time cushioned insoles for support, ventilated, pull tab for easy slip-on
Cons:On the pricey side, reviewers noted that snug fit means you may want to size up, Everlane only has two retail locations so you'll likely need to order online
The best ballet flats
Why you'll love them: The are the perfect ballet flats because they're not too prim and proper, but not particularly edgy, either.
You're either a ballet flat person or you're so not a ballet flat person. While any rounded toe shoe could technically be included in this category, I only count the ones with ballet-esque detailing as true ballet flats. It's the former dancer in me — She's bored and has nothing better to do than critique Natalie Portman's technique in "Black Swan" and judge your footwear.
really does look like a ballet slipper I used to buy at my local dance supply store, with its softly rounded upper and elastic bows on the toes. It comes in a ton of different materials and colors, from your classic black leather to mulberry suede. There are even a few patterned options if that's more your speed.
These shoes have a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Nordstrom's website, based on 1,600 reviews. Additionally, Best Products included the in its list of best ballet flats for women.
"[T]hese flats felt like slippers from the moment I took them out of the box," writes one buyer. "I'm so happy with them I am donating all my other ballerina flats that hurt but are cute. These were definitely worth every penny."
Several reviewers said they loved these flats so much they bought them in multiple colors. The main con people mentioned had to do with sizing. The shoes run a little small, so consider sizing up.
Pros:Tons of color and fabric options, reasonably priced, comfortable
Cons:May not run true to size
The best flats that double as loafers
Why you'll love them: The only thing better than a slip-on shoe is a slip-on shoe that can become a loafer at a moment's notice like .
I love mules, but sometimes I don't want to worry about kicking my shoe off mid-step while getting on the subway, which is a very genuine fear that flashes through my mind every time I wear them. Everlane's gives you the best of both worlds, thanks to a "unique, collapsible heel can be worn down like a slide or up like a loafer."
The has sort of an ugly-cool appeal — It's kind of shaped like a water shoe made of Italian leather, and yet I can't stop staring at it. Something about the fold-down back just screams nonchalance. It almost makes you wonder if you could turn any loafer into a mule by just improperly jamming your foot inside. Only this is even better, because it's made to be worn that way.
Everlane shoppers give this shoe an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 443 reviews. "These are incredibly comfortable and stylish shoes that go with everything!" says one fan. "The leather is perfectly soft and there was no uncomfortable breaking in period like with some stiffer leather shoes, just comfort from day 1!"
Who What Wear editor Aemelia Madden also listed the among her top picks for work-appropriate flats.
Pros:Versatile style can be worn two ways, made of soft Italian leather, comes in four colors
Cons:Price is a little steep (but not when you consider it's a 2-in-1 design)
The best flats on a budget
Why you'll love them: The prove that you can get comfortable, cute shoes for less than .
Target is the best for many reasons, not least of which being that you can find extremely cute shoes there for a great price. So it's no surprise that the best inexpensive flats can be found at at this major retailer. The Mossimo Supply Co. boast "cushioned insoles and just the right amount of stretch."
These shoes aren't flashy, which is part of what makes them so great. You can grab them in a pinch without even looking in the mirror before you head out the door. Did I mention they cost just .99? That leaves plenty of cash in your wallet for all the other unnecessary (but awesome) things you want to buy at Target.
Style-wise, they are a cross between the Everlane Day Glove flats and a more traditional ballet shoe but without any cutesy details. With 654 mostly positive reviews on the Target website, you can't really go wrong — especially not at that price!
"I love these shoes," says one reviewer. "I have them in beige & black and they are the most comfortable flat I have in my closet. They have some cushioning so they're nice and soft and I feel like I'm walking on little pillows."
Some buyers complained that the shoes are on the smaller side, so consider sizing up if you're ordering online.
Pros:Inexpensive, cushioned insoles, secure fit
Cons:Reviewers say sizing runs small, not real leather
(some sizes and colors may be out of stock)
The best luxury flats
Why you'll love them: The have the look of a loafer and a pointy flat combined, and they're made of a buttery suede.
Cheap finds are amazing, but sometimes you want to shell out a little more cash for something that will really last. Flat shoes make a great style investment because they are more classic than they are trendy, and you can wear them with so many different pieces.
People online seem especially into flats by the brand M. Gemi. Made in Toscana, Italy, these suede shoes feature an elegant pointed toe design. They come in eight different colors, from staples like black and cocoa brown to bolder shades like boysenberry and cerulean.
are made using the sacchetto technique, "meaning it's formed from one piece of suede, sans the stiff insole." Like the Everlane Day Glove, the brand claims these shoes will mold to fit the unique contours of your feet the more you wear them. Most things in life don't bend to your will the same way, so I think that's a major selling point.
Brit &Co.liststheseshoesinitsarticle"20PairsofFlatsYou'llWearEveryDay,"andtheflatshavetonsofglowingreviewsontheM.Gemiwebsite."Iwaspleasantlysurprisedatthequalityandcraftsmanshipoftheshoeandadoredthepersonalizedpackaginguponreceivingit.Classy,elegant,comfortableandmadeinItalyatareasonableprice— need I say more?" says one customer.
"I love this shoe. I wear it almost everyday to work and will wear on the weekends when running errands cause it's more comfortable than a sneaker (and way cuter 😉)," writes another, who notes that she's had the same pair for three years running.
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