Best ballerinas?

(37 Posts)
carrie74 Thu 18-Apr-13 13:31:02

I think it's time to retire my old Boden ballerinas. I've had them for years, and they've worked v v hard for me, and resoled several times. Now though, they're getting harder to keep on my feet, and I actually stepped out of one of them the other day, plus am noticing that I'm doing that toe crunch thing to try to keep them on.

So, what are the best ballerinas in terms of comfort, longevity and fit?

I'll only be wearing them for work, but don't want to get something cheap that just hurt my feet and last 3 months. Equally, I don't want to spend mega-bucks and be frightened to actually wear them in the rain.

My budget is probably up to £75, but I can stretch to £100 for the perfect pair. Any recommendations?

EmpressMaud Thu 18-Apr-13 13:36:42

Try French Sole, Repetto, or Bloch for ballet flats.

Mitchy1nge Thu 18-Apr-13 13:40:53

my Bloch ballet flats recently died sad they have covered a lot of miles though, so am hovering on your thread for something cheaper but possibly as long or longer lasting to replace them

HandMini Thu 18-Apr-13 13:55:14

I would not recommend French Sole. They look incredible in the shop, but v thin, wear through quickly and just generally feel shabby after three months wear. Lk Bennet much better for the price.

Personally, Blochs, I don't have good experience with French Sole either but a lot depends on fit. I find FS too big and Sam Edelman too tight. I like Just Ballerinas as well as Blochs. Got a brand new pair of Blochs on ebay for £55 recently, usually they are £110-£130 so worth keeping an eye out.

I also had some great ones from M&S a few years ago.

I have Blochs, found them in TK Maxx. I also have a Banana Republic pair for traipsing to and from work which are very good, and they have memory foam in the insole, so are very comfy. Think they are called Ashley.

carrie74 Thu 18-Apr-13 14:50:17

This is really helpful, thank you all!

justasecond Thu 18-Apr-13 14:54:04

I have Blochs too, they are comfy but really not sturdy at all they look quite worn after only a few wears. For the price not worth it imo unless you can get them in sale/tkmaxx. I got some from pied a terre last year which have worn well.

Limoncellolovely Thu 18-Apr-13 15:00:25

NOT French sole. Look beautiful but are way to expensive for what they are, very thin soled and mine don't seem to be shaped for left and right you are just supposed to 'wear' them in apparently. For longevity go for Russell and Bromley or LK Bennet for cheaper but pretty Dune are nice.

Branleuse Thu 18-Apr-13 15:10:15

how on earth do people keep these things on their feet??

Jammybean Thu 18-Apr-13 16:12:18

French Sole are rubbish as others have said. They look great but are cheaply made and really uncomfortable IMO. Russel & Bromley flats are very good. I usually stock up by buying a few pairs in the sales and they last a several seasons. Pretty Ballerinas are also good.

Grammaticus Thu 18-Apr-13 16:17:32

Why don't you get a new pair from Boden?

shopalot Thu 18-Apr-13 16:34:39

The best ballerinas I have are accessorize. But then I find that none of the ballerinas I have wear that well so prefer to buy from monsoon cheaper and chuck when worn.

santamarianovella Thu 18-Apr-13 16:48:55

carrie i highly rate bloch,and there are some on the outnet for 50%off. tory burch flats are regarded as very comfy though i dont own one.but a friend does and she loves it.

Spottyegg Thu 18-Apr-13 17:22:49

I have Pretty Ballerinas, Blochs and J Crew. There is a trade-off in terms of comfort and longevity - the J Crew are comfy but rubber soled and quite thin - so may not last long (but got v cheap in final sale) this style. I have the pointy toed flats as well which are pretty durable but not that comfortable (hard patent leather).

The Blochs are also thin soled and not quite as comfy for me but got them cheap at TK Maxx. The Pretty Ballerinas are the thickest and the leather probably the most durable but they have needed breaking in. And I have another cheapy brand which rub my toes something terrible. The Bodens look quite good - agree why not try again?

homeaway Thu 18-Apr-13 19:28:32

Can I whisper Clarks? I have just bought a pair and they are really comfy and everybody is asking me where i got them from !

carrie74 Thu 18-Apr-13 19:36:26

I have thought about Boden again, but my experience with the clothes in the last 18-24 months has been that the quality hasn't been up to much, while prices have stayed the same or crept up. So I'm reluctant to pay £60-£80 on shoes from Boden that won't live up to the ones I'm replacing.

I don't mind resoling, but I do want fairly comfy shoes that don't slip off my feet as I'm walking, or require me to curl my toes in the manner of an eagle to keep the shoes on grin. I think I need to go and try on, which means High St really, although can also try R&B and LKB. Will also try to see what pops up in TK Maxx, but it's v v rare for me to drop by there (live rurally, don't actually go bricks and mortar shopping v often).

Grammaticus Thu 18-Apr-13 19:41:28

I tried LKB and Hobbs today. Only patent in LKB but Hobbs had some with £30 off. I ordered some Boden ones for £44 with the mumsnet discount code. Don't know if they're any good yet, though!

Fairylea Thu 18-Apr-13 20:35:18

I second Clark's. Very good quality and cheapish. Well worth a look !

BeaLola Thu 18-Apr-13 20:46:39

Do any of you have wide feet & successfully wear ballerina shoes?
I would love a pair ... crossing fingers x

MrsDeVere Thu 18-Apr-13 20:52:11

I am a Ballerina newbie.

I have always worn boots and flipflops and not much else.
Due to this bloody weather I need an inbetweener style.

I bought several pairs from diechmann. They come in suede and leather and cost £12.99 - £16.99

Firmly at the wear out and chuck end of the market but much better than the plastic crap sold by most places.

I am just getting used to them so can't tell you how long they last but they seem well made and comfy. Bit of rubbing at the back but I have never worn that style before so I expected it.

I got soft pink, nude, black and light blue.

I feel very grown up.

Jellybellyrbest Fri 19-Apr-13 21:15:54

I've been lurking....LOVE ballet pumps but I've got v narrow heel cup & I've always been unable to keep non-strap shoes/lace-ups on my feet! Since DD3 my feet have got broader & I'd LOVE a pair. J Crew look lovely but I'm wondering how true the sizes are to UK sizes. They're £77 to ship here in the sale & are non-returnable so an expensive mistake for me....

Ginformation Fri 19-Apr-13 21:23:02

I adore my Fit Flop Due ballerinas. Very very comfy. I had spinal surgery so was essential to have proper supportive soles, also have wide feet. I wear them for work and with skinny jeans. The mink colour is perfect neutral and now I'm wondering about getting a canvas pair in sunflower smile

abbyfromoz Fri 19-Apr-13 21:33:15

Love russell & bromley
I had a pair of bloch ballet flats and unfortunately wasn't a huge fan as they had a leather sole and weren't very hardy. They got wet, i put them in the box, pulled them out after a week or so and they had grown mould!! Probably my fault for getting them wet but... These things happen.

CointreauVersial Sat 20-Apr-13 00:50:19

Anpther vote for Clarks.

I bought some leopard print ones recently....sooooo comfy. Even though I am a bunion-ridden wide-footed old hag they look lovely, are well-made, and cost (iirc) £36.

BahrainB Sat 20-Apr-13 04:48:56

Blue Velvet on Kings Road have a website. I always stock up when in London as they are comfortable, last ages and all leather.

ZaraW Sat 20-Apr-13 05:53:57

I just got a pair from Jones Bootmaker, I'm really heavy footed and do a lot of walking and the ones I bought seem up to he job as they are rubber soled and are well cushioned.

GraduallyGoingInsane Sat 20-Apr-13 15:42:45

I rate Dune for ballet flats, I've had a couple of pairs that lasted a good 2-3 years without going baggy.

I have a very comfortable pair from Boden in navy that are onto their second year, but whispers they're actually Mini Boden as I'm only a size 3! If you're small of foot, I recommend them! I ordered some grown up ones shortly after as I wanted a tan pair and there were no kids ones in that colour, the adult ones were twice the price and not as comfortable so went back.

I've never had Blochs but I have got Repettos - very comfortable and soft leather but they're too 'nice' and delicate for rainy days.

My older DDs swear by Topshop and they've lasted a lot better than I expected, but for me the soles are far too thin.

polyhymnia Sat 20-Apr-13 16:21:38

Russell and Bromley, L K Bennett, Hobbs. Have also had successful ones from Pretty Ballerinas and Boden. Not a Clarks fan.

happyyonisleepyyoni Sat 20-Apr-13 17:24:55

I've got some v comfy patent nude ones from Asda, £7. May get a second pair for when they wear out.

phinz Sat 20-Apr-13 19:27:12

I have a couple of pairs of Blochs and they are so comfy. I get the cobbler to put rubber soles on them before I wear them and this makes them more waterproof and grip better when it is wet.

YoniOno Sat 20-Apr-13 19:46:37

I've recently discovered Yosi Samra for ballerinas, similar to Bloch but much cheaper. I got some off EBay BNWT, lovely two-tone cobalt ones.

thebeastandbeauty Sat 20-Apr-13 19:50:38

I got some nice Bertie ones last year that are still going strong..

Grammaticus Mon 22-Apr-13 17:03:12

My Boden ones seem comfy and good quality. A bit wide for my narrow feet but that's always a problem for me.

hedgefund Mon 22-Apr-13 17:05:17

office on sale, look nice, smell nice too grin (the tan ones are lush)

Grammaticus Wed 24-Apr-13 09:11:21

Thanks hedgefund, I have ordered the black ones half price

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