Most Bang for Your Buck: Xhileration ($10 - $20) This Target-based brand offers the best ballet shoes for your money. With a general price range of ten to twenty dollars, you have the flexibility to buy a more fashion-forward, unique pair. With past prints ranging form zebra and to Dorothy-like silver, cheetah to embroidered flowers, Xhileration offers a little spice to a traditional style. Surprisingly, these cost-effective puppies hold up, as well. As a proud owner of a pair of turquoise and red themed, floral print Xhileration ballet flats, I can personally attest that they have now lasted (and lasted well) two years'not bad for $14.99. (The style lines are often among the trendiest'people often mistake them for a Steve Maddens.) So, if you're looking for a flirty ballet shoe that adds a little kick to your step without busting your budget, Xhileration is your best bet.
Biggest Name: Tory Burch ($95 - $235) Let's face it: you say ballet shoe, you hear Tory Burch. Having taken the ballet shoe industry by storm, the circular, cross-like Burch symbol has become the mark of the trade. If nothing, Tory's on the list for being the best known. While these flats run a bit pricier, you buy a little bit of the ballet shoe culture when you go for Burch. This trend-conscious brand has been seen on celebrities like Leighton Meester and Beyonce, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. A classic American aesthetic, splurging for a pair of Burches will definitely add a little preppy-trendy skip to your step.
Most Classic: J Crew ($50 - $150) For clean, sharp ballet shoes at a reasonable price, J Crew is your best bet. Most styles feature neutral tones with a small splash of color (think along the lines of a thin line of melon or small, yellow bow across the top of the shoe.) These ballet shoes feature sturdy ankle niches and a solid shape that won't give or bend the way a Mossimo or Me Too might. The sleeker, slightly less rounded toe hints at a more serious shoe, making J Crew the best brand for business wear.
The Next Big Thing: Diane Von Furstenberg ($150 -$300) The best ballet shoe for trendsetters is the ever fun and funky Diane Von Furstenberg line. Pricier? Yes. Well worth the cost? Yes. If you're looking for more than just your average flat'something with a serious punch, then the Furstenberg shoe is the best choice for you. The more angled and boxed toe offers a modern kick to the classically rounded ballet flats. And, with base colors ranging in the burnt oranges to fuchsia, these are the best ballet shoe for adding a little spice to your wardrobe.