Softstar Ballerine Ballet Flat Review

I am replacing my ballet flats with barefoot friendly ones and the Softstar Ballerine Ballet Flats seemed perfect for work.

*I purchased these shoes with my own money and Softstar did not pay me to write this review.

Cost: $150+ depending on the color you order at

Sizing: I ordered a pair of custom red Ballerines in a size 8U (I usually wear a size 9 or 9.5 in regular shoes).


  • Beautiful shoes, well made and super soft leather that feel comfortable the minute I put them on
  • The small amount of cushion under my feet feels great when I walk on hard surfaces all day
  • The ability to customize and create almost any color imaginable
  • A wide toe box that allows my toes to fully spread out
  • Flat, flexible and easy to pack
  • Dressy enough for work in an office or casual enough for an everyday shoe
  • The shoes conform to your feet and stretch just enough to be very comfortable for all day wear
  • Most ballet flats rub my bunion, but these don’t
  • I was expecting to see an outline of my toes, but it’s not as pronounced because the leather is high quality
  • Made in the USA
  • Softstar Shoes has excellent customer service and allows returns or exchanges


  • The cost is high even though the quality is excellent (I was willing to pay for these because truly barefoot / minimalist flats are hard to find)
  • The regular width isn’t quite wide enough for my correct toes-I haven’t tried the Ballerines in a wide width because I have narrow heels and I don’t want them to slip off
  • The heel of the Ballerine flats come up high on my heel and it took a few days to get used to
  • I am not sure if it’s just the way my feet are shaped, but the shape of these shoes and my feet don’t seem to be a perfect match-either my feet or the shoes curve in an unusual way
  • On my feet, the heel collapses a bit where the sole meets the heel (see the picture below)