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Top 20 Pointed Toe Flats

Updated on April 16, 2014

Ballet Flats With a Point

I love shoes, but my feelings for pointy flats go well beyond love. I am obsessed with how they elongate the leg--let's face it, as fabulous as rounded ballet flats are, they can create stumpiness at times--and how they seem to hit a sweet spot where early sixties Aubry Hepburn intersects with John Hughes era Molly Ringwald. I love that spot!

Pointed toe flats can be surprisingly difficult to find, but judging from a recent browse through a fashion mag where I spotted three such shoes, there's hope on the horizon! Here, my current faves.

(photo: Do you like "toe cleavage," as offered by these red pointy flats from my collection? I kinda do, but not everyone feels that way. Luckily there are different styles that show varying degrees of toe...)

Corso Como Pointed Toe Flats

Corso Como Women's Tawna Ballet Flat,Black Patent,9.5 M US
Corso Como Women's Tawna Ballet Flat,Black Patent,9.5 M US

Patent & pointy toes go together like PB&J ... well, an uber-sophisticated version of PB&J. Also in aqua, beige & coral.

 

Rockport...

I was pleasantly surprised to find rugged Rockport offering a cute pointy flat, and in fun colors too.

kate spade gabe
kate spade gabe

Kate Spade...

Always walking the line gracefully between retro cuteness and sleek modernity, Kate Spade offers at least a couple of gorgeous pointed toe flats every year.

There's a lovely shine to this first one, the "Gabe," in several perfect colors for the warmer months.

kate spade go
kate spade go

And how could I leave out this incredible tribute to NYC? Guaranteed to start conversations & draw compliments.

the bad news...

Pointy shoes are not the best for your feet. But we can take some comfort in the fact that pointy heels are worse than pointy flats! For best results, go barefoot at home to give your toes some breathing room.

Steve Madden Pointed Toe Flats

STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Ellla Flat,Gold/Multi,10 M US
STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Ellla Flat,Gold/Multi,10 M US

Super fashion forward look for 2013, in three absolutely non-boring neutrals as well as this fun bright take.

 
STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Elatedd Flat,Black Leather,8 M US
STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Elatedd Flat,Black Leather,8 M US

The basic black is a classy look, but so is the olive, and the red is not as fire-engine as some, if that's your preference.

 
madden pointed toe flat
madden pointed toe flat

How cool would this gently notched style look with pink, yellow or to break up an all-black look? It comes in all-black itself, too...

madden patent partial orsay
madden patent partial orsay

Black or nude patent and a partial Orsay look dresses this pair up for the office or a night out.

frye regina pointy flats
frye regina pointy flats

Frye...

I am a very lucky Frye boot owner but haven't tried their flats. If the boots are any indication, I'd expect quality & comfort from these shoes, which come in a whopping 19 colors, including this pretty "vintage turquoise."

Nine West...

Nine West Women's Kicheya Ballet Flat,Black/Blue Tribeca Suede,10.5 M US
Nine West Women's Kicheya Ballet Flat,Black/Blue Tribeca Suede,10.5 M US

A dramatic colorblock look will transition easily from spring to fall. Besides this cool cobalt, there's black with hot pink, leopard, brown or gray.

 
Nine West Women's Superfly Flat,Natural/Light Orange Canvas,6.5 M US
Nine West Women's Superfly Flat,Natural/Light Orange Canvas,6.5 M US

Replace your ratty Keds with this sporty neon-and-neutral flat.

 

Want some of that leg-elongating magic without getting too severe at the toe? Try almond-toed flats. They're less chic (in my utterly subjective opinion)

but more wearable for some.

dv guilty
dv guilty

Pointy flats from DV...

if you, like I, don't get around to pedicures very often, this shoe makes a very nice stand-in for a sandal. In black, nude, or several two-tone options -- my fave being this cute black-and-leopard number.

trump annulio
trump annulio

Ivanka Trump...

This shoe sits at the top of my wish list right now; the only problem is that I can't decide between the red patent & the pastel shades (this ubergirly pink and a mint tone) that are perfect for spring's pastel trend. At this big a discount, maybe both? ;)

Mia Pointed Toe Flats

MIA Limited Edition Women's Sweetness Flat,White Leather,7 M US
MIA Limited Edition Women's Sweetness Flat,White Leather,7 M US

For those of us who loved Mia's pointier "Hepburn" flat, which now seems to have been discontinued, the "Sweetness" is a nice consolation. And it's offered in 7 great colors like orange, plum & cobalt, along with my favorite: this bright white that would totally pop with bright spring outfits.

 
MIA Limited Edition Women's Sweety Flat,Cobalt Suede,8 M US
MIA Limited Edition Women's Sweety Flat,Cobalt Suede,8 M US

In 3 shades, this bow-less cutie gets high marks for comfort.

 

Enzo Angiolini ...

Enzo Angiolini Women's SEYLIA Flat,Red Multi,9.5 M US
Enzo Angiolini Women's SEYLIA Flat,Red Multi,9.5 M US

Can't decide between red & leopard? Choose this delightful flat -- another one with a gentler point at the toe.

 

Kenneth Cole ...

Kenneth Cole REACTION Women's Uptown Girl Flat,Black White Houndstooth,8 M US
Kenneth Cole REACTION Women's Uptown Girl Flat,Black White Houndstooth,8 M US

The little strap & buckle are sooo cute, as is the detail on the heel. I have got to get these. Nobody better buy the last size 8! Also in black, snake & a perfect retro-modern houndstooth.

 

Betsey Johnson ...

Betsey Johnson Women's Evve Flat,Black,8 M US
Betsey Johnson Women's Evve Flat,Black,8 M US

I don't normally love studded shoes, but combined with ruffles the effect is so tough & tender cuteness. Black, nude and berry.

 
Betsey Johnson Women's Emmi Flat, Yellow Patent, 9.5 M US
Betsey Johnson Women's Emmi Flat, Yellow Patent, 9.5 M US

One of my most complimented shoes ever is a yellow patent flat. Get your own compliments this spring with a pointed toe cutout version, or choose coral, black, or purple multi.

 

Fine with a pointed style, but struggling with other comfort issues? Flats are known for poor arch support, so if you have a high-ish arch, that could be the problem. Try arch inserts, available at most drugstores. Flats with padded footbeds tend to be comfier, too.

Chinese Laundry ...

Chinese Laundry Women's Extra Credit Ballet Flat,Black,10 M US
Chinese Laundry Women's Extra Credit Ballet Flat,Black,10 M US

Love leopard print flat shoes but like your prints subtle? Here's your perfect shoe. In black, camel or orange.

 

Poll!

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Do you have a favorite pair of pointed toe flats in your closet, or on your wish list?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      The Ted Baker and Kate Spades on this list look wonderful!