Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:00 AM
You've likely seen these cute shoes while browsing online and we have the scoop on what's hot in foldable ballet flats. While they're designed to be kept in your purse to pull out in case you need a break from your heels, moms are loving them as an everyday shoe that's easy, lightweight and fashionable.
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Ballasox by Corso Como

PRICE RANGE: Typically $60-70

With a very soft lining that really feels as if you have a little built-in sock, Corso Como's Ballasox line of foldable flats is easy to wear, almost as if you are getting a hug from your shoes. They fit snug around your foot, with a thin elastic edge around the top to keep them flexible.

Foldable flats- Ballasox by Corso Como

Our picks for spring^ Ballasox Dotted Turquesa (Corso Como, $69), Ballasox Stretch Flat Cedar (Corso Como, $30)


Price range: Both lines, from $30-60

With a universal fit that makes them very popular, CitySlips are a favorite go-to comfy on-the-move shoe for many celebrities. And, at prices that begin under $30, you can afford to have a pair that you actually keep in your purse or your car for shoe emergencies.

Foldable flats- CitySlips

Our picks for spring^CitySlips Luxe Classic Travel Flats (Neiman Marcus, $58), CitySlips Gold Leather (CitySlips, $60)

Tieks by Gavrieli

Price range: $175 and up

You might wonder why Tieks are so expensive... until you put a pair on. These shoes take foldable flats to the next level with their buttery soft feel, super fun colors that are on-trend and a fan following that is extremely loyal (for good reason). These are hardly going to sit in your purse as a Plan B. A word to the wise: If you see a pair of Tieks you love and they have your size, grab them! They sell out of their popular colors and finishes quickly.

Foldable flats- Tieks by Gavrieli

Our picks for spring^Tieks Mint Crinkle Patent Flats (Tieks, $175), Tieks Lavender Snake Flats (Tieks, $295)

Tips for wearing and styling foldable flats

  • You can truly wear these with anything, from a nice pair of black pants at a meeting to a pretty sundress to your favorite pair of worn-in jeans.
  • Some brands are more sturdy than others. If you have a hard time wearing super flat-soled shoes, save the less supportive foldable flats for dinner out or to run to the grocery store, rather than for all-day wear.
  • Each brand offers both classic and fashionable styles... and it will be hard to decide which pair you can't live without. If you're using these for everyday wear, pick a pretty basic that you can wear with anything you put on. Looking for a fun addition to your shoe wardrobe? Go for a pair with a bit more glitz!

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