Ballet flats are a classic wardrobe staple, having a moment of elevated popularity.
You might see these even referred to as a “trend,” but that would suggest a short lifespan, which is entirely untrue. If these make your heart sing, wear them for the rest of your well-dressed life ;).
It’s nice, though, when a basic becomes trendy because then we get more options.
So today, I’m sharing five classic yet updated black ballet flats in a range of prices to meet any budget, starting at $39.
And don’t fret if you would prefer a different color; many of these come in various neutrals; black, however, is the most traditional.
You might be surprised with the one I went with.
5 Ballet Flats Perfect for Fall
Margaux The Demi
Inspired by traditional French-girl style, Margaux’s stunning grosgrain trim flats are handmade in Spain with Napa Leather. They have a contrasting sole, padded insole, AND a functional bow that helps you create a custom fit.
You buy these if you want to create a capsule wardrobe with the highest quality staples.
Sam Edelman Meadow Ballet Flat
Next up is Reader Favorite brand Sam Edelman, with a flat combining ballet elements with a loafer-inspired sole.
They get rave reviews for comfort and making your foot look petite, a major bonus if you have big feet like me; they can sometimes look like clown shoes.
This option is a timeless style that will last even when these stop being “trendy.”
Meadow Ballet Flat
J.Crew Zoe Ballet Flats
Similar in style and price are the Zoe Flats for J.Crew.
These don’t have that loafer-style sole of the Sam Edelman’s, so you’ll get a slimmer, more traditional ballet shoe silhouette.
Zoe Ballet Flat
Naturalizer Vivienne Ballet Flat
For all of our Naturalizer fans, their Vivienne Ballet flat is a lovely option, retailing for $79, now 50% off.
I really appreciate the focus on combining style with comfort.
Vivienne Ballet Flat
Amazon The Drop Pepper Ballet Flat
I love the Demi by Margaux.
Here was the dilemma.
The Margaux’s are within my budget, but I hate spending money and not getting value.
I want to invest in classic black ballet flats; they will fit nicely into my casual, classic style.
But I need to find out how much I will wear them to get a reasonable price per wear, because, lately, I find myself more often than not in sneakers or ankle boots.
So, I bought this inexpensive pair from the Drop as a “test drive.” I’ll see how many times I reach for them in the next few weeks, and if it’s frequently enough, I’ll order the Margaux’s.
And, to my delight, these are great for $39.
Obviously, it’s not they aren’t the quality of a well-made leather shoe, but they are a lovely option if you are on a budget or want to try out the style without making a big commitment.