The Best Flats That Are Just as Comfortable as Sneakers
Let's face it, uncomfortable shoes are just not worth packing. And while flats definitely look more polished than sneakers and are easier to walk in than heels, some pairs just don't offer the support or comfort that's needed to tackle an entire day of sightseeing. To help you avoid spending money on options that will give you blisters or leave your feet aching in pain, we've researched dozens of flats to find pairs that are as comfortable as they are cute.
Margaux's The Demi ballet flat is everything you could ever want in a shoe: comfortable, durable, and stylish, yet versatile enough to wear with pretty much every outfit in your closet. And unlike most flats that feature a bow for mere decoration, The Demi's top bow actually allows the wearer to adjust the shoes to their preference.
From classic ballet flats to sleek loafers and chic pointed flats, keep reading to even more of the best comfortable flats for traveling.
- Best Overall: Margaux The Demi at Margaux
- Best Packable: Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat at Tory Burch
- Best Canvas: Toms Olivia Flat at Amazon
- Best Loafers: Naturalizer Soul Kentley Loafer at Amazon
- Best Slingback: Vionic Jade Slingback Flat at Amazon
- Best Leather: Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat at Hush Puppies
- Best Espadrille: Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flat at Amazon
- Best Fold-up: Lucky Brand Emmie Flat at Zappos
- Best Pointed: Sam Edelman Rodney Flat at Amazon
- Best Eco-friendly: Rothy's The Point at Rothy's
- Best Lightweight: Crocs Ballet Flat at Amazon
- Best Traction: VenusCelia Natural Comfort Walking Flat at Amazon
- Best Cozy: Kate Spade Honey Shearling Flat at Kate Spade
T+L's Top Picks
Best Overall: Margaux The Demi
Best Packable: Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat
Best Canvas: Toms Olivia Flat
Best Loafers: Naturalizer Soul Kentley Loafer
Best Slingback: Vionic Jade Slingback Flat
Best Leather: Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat
Best Espadrille: Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flat
Best Fold-up: Lucky Brand Emmie Flat
Best Pointed: Sam Edelman Rodney Flat
Best Eco-friendly: Rothy's The Point
Best Lightweight: Crocs Ballet Flat
Best Traction: VenusCelia Natural Comfort Walking Flat
Best Cozy: Kate Spade Honey Shearling Flats
Tips for Buying Comfortable Flats
Go for Something Soft and Supportive
While some ballet flats are incredibly soft on the feet (like most foldable options), other pairs can be rather stiff. To help with this, Dr. Jacqueline Sutera of City Podiatry in New York City says there are a few things you can do. "Try some shoe softening sprays and shoe trees to stretch them out a bit," she says. And if the flat lacks arch support? "Try [adding] an insole that has a cushioned arch. This is an easy and great way to make a shoe comfier."
Look for High Quality Materials
Materials like quality leather, suede, and memory foam will always be both more comfortable and also sturdier than thin plastic materials. If you're looking for something lightweight and waterproof, go for shoes made of airy rubber materials, like our pick from Crocs.
Style Is Important, Too
The most comfortable ballet flats will likely be choices with flexible soles and rounded toe boxes. However, it's important to choose a style you like (that also has comfortable features) so that you'll get lots of wear out of them. Pointed toe and d'Orsay styles can also work well as a walking shoe as long as they're made of high quality materials (like leather) and lend arch support and cushioning to the feet.
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Travel + Leisure writers are shopping, fashion, and product experts who use personal experience and customer recommendations to choose the best items for shoppers. For this article, senior editor Rebecca Carhart researched dozens of ballet flats and used her expertise as a seasoned fashion and lifestyle writer to curate the perfect list of comfortable ballet flats.
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