There is no need to resort to high heels when you want a bit of style, you just need to know where to find the right flat shoes.Most women’s shoe brands make flats, but there are a few companies that stand head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to really cute flats. Below are a few of my favorite makers of cute flat shoes for women.
Yosi Samra – Super-Cute Flats that Fold
Yosi Samra ’Samra’ Image Endless.com (Buy Direct)
Yosi Samra does offer flat sandals, but it’s their super-cute, “Samra” fold-up ballet flats that are getting all the attention these days. Offered in a wide array of colors and materials, these shoes are adorable, affordable (less than $60 per pair), and according to the reviews I’ve seen, extremely comfortable. So far, there is just the one style, but you can choose from metallics, animal prints, pastels, brights, neutrals, and everything in between.
Bloch London – Cute Flats from a Dance Shoe Maker
Bloch ’Classica Pearl’ Image: Zappos.com
Who better to make stunning ballet flats than a world-renowned manufacturer of dance shoes? Founded in 1932, Bloch is well-known for hand-making pointe shoes for some of the world’s most famous ballerinas. And now, they also offer street-ready shoes for dancers and non-dancers alike. With styles ranging from classic ballerina flats to thong sandals, there are loads of cute flats to choose from in Bloch London’s collection.
Me Too – Cute Flats for Less
Me Too ‘Legend 2′ Image: ShoeBuy.com
Attractive and affordable, the Me Too brand makes women’s and girls’ shoes, a great number of which happen to be cute and versatile flats. Within each collection, there is usually several flat styles to choose from, but one of their most popular is the “Legend,” which is a classic ballet flat, that has been offered in a wide variety of colors, prints and materials.These little flats feature elasticized top lines, stylish vamp hardware, and removable insoles with memory foam padding at the heel. Ringing up at just under $80 per pair, these cute flats have received a number of amazing customer reviews for both comfort and looks.
Steve Madden Shoes – Cute Flats for a Range of Budgets
Steve Madden ’I-Dreemy’ Image: SteveMadden.com (Buy Direct)
Steve Madden doesn’t specialize in flats. In fact, it’s probably more likely that you associate the Steve Madden labels with ultra-sexy, sky-high heels. However, most SM collections usually include at least a few styles of flats — and the flat shoes that Steve Madden does turn out tend to be unbelievably cute. In fact, many of my favorite flats over the years have come from one of the Steve Madden brands. I’m particularly partial to the Steven by Steve Madden line, but I’ve also found styles to love from the more moderately-priced Steve Madden line, as well as the budget-conscious junior line, Madden Girl.
Corso Como – Popular and Well-Reviewed Flats for Women
Corso Como ’Festive’ Image: Zappos.com (Buy Direct)
Though Corso Como does make other flats, as well as heels, it’s their Ballasox ‘Festive’ that has landed them on this list as makers of cute flats.With form-fitting socks built into them, these ballerina-styled shoes are among the most popular and well-reviewed flats I’ve ever seen. Another part of their allure is the fact that they can be rolled up and stored in their accompanying carrying pouch — but don’t mistake them for those emergency flats or fabric rollup shoes you can find in vending machines and drug stores; these adorable skimmers from Corso Como are the real deal, featuring buttery-soft, flexible leather uppers and regulation rubber soles.
London Sole / French Sole UK – Cute Flats, Fit for a Princess
Sold in the United States under the name London Sole, French Sole by Jane Winkworth specializes in flats ranging from adorable to gorgeous. They offer a wide selection of classic ballet flats, as well as loafers and sandals.
Made from the finest Spanish and Italian leathers, skins and materials, London Sole shoes are manufactured in Spain and France. And if you need further evidence of their quality and style, I’ll leave you with the the fact that the late Princess Diana was one of Jane Winkworth’s most ardent fans.
Cute Flats from French Sole / French Sole New York / FS/NY
French Sole ’Sloop’ Image: Zappos.com
Also specializing in flat shoes, this French Sole is an entirely different company that is based in the United States. Naturally, having the same name and type of product can make things a bit confusing for International shoppers, but the good thing is, no matter which French Sole you shop with, you’re going to get a pair of cute flats.French Sole New York offers a huge selection of cute flat shoes, including classic ballerina styles, square-toed flats, open-toed flats, and even a few styles with heels. Named as one of New York Magazine’s
“Best Stores in New York” this Upper East Side boutique features a vast collection of ballet flats from top international designers, many of which are exclusive to the store.
One of French Sole’s most popular styles is the “Sloop,” which is a simple — and simply adorable — flat that is offered in a huge array of colors and materials. I own several pairs of the “Sloop” myself, and they’re darling. The only thing I will warn you about is that the sizing is a little incostistent. If you choose to buy a pair, you may want to try them on first, or at least, order from a site that offers free returns.
Cute and Sporty Flats from Keen
Keen ’Coronado’ Image: Zappos.com
Keen manufactures athletic shoes, sandals, and boots, most of which are cute, but in a rugged, sporty kind of way. There are, however, at least a few styles of Keen flats that are cute in the more traditional sense of the word: the “Coronado” sneakers, the “Golden Ballerina,” and the “Golden MJ” mary janes.While these selections are still on the sporty side, they’re absolutely adorable, and additionally, the Keen name is known for comfort, innovation, and durability.
Rocket Dog Shoes – Adorable, Affordable Flats
Rocket Dog ‘Magnum Fancy File’ Image: Endless.com
Rocket Dog doesn’t just make cute flats, they make all kinds of cute shoes. But since this is an article about flats, that’s what we’ll stick to for the moment. In the heelless department, most Rocket Dog collections include a variety of flat shoes to choose from, including ballerina flats, sandals, mary janes, mules, and sneakers.
Aimed primarily at a teen, young adult, and young-at-heart audience, Rocket dog shoes aren’t just adorable, they’re also affordable, and interestingly, extremely comfortable. In fact, many of my favorite casual shoes over the years have been from Rocket Dog.