Adult Sport Ballerine Flat - Black

The most comfortable minimalist ballet flat in the world...gone sporty! All Ballerines are designed to keep you moving, but for the especially foot-loose, this variation features two elastic straps that crisscross your foot for secure shoes that won't slow you down. Simple and elegant, this all-occasion, handcrafted slipper will have you dancing through your day!

Check out the Ballerine sizing video below for tips on finding the best fit for your feet!

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Price $165.00

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Say au revoir to rigid, uncomfortable ballet flats! With its classic lines and impeccable fit, the Ballerine is the most elegant way to go barefoot. This chic, ultra-versatile style transitions effortlessly from the morning bike commute to the conference room, while still leaving you with enough spring in your step for dinner and dancing on the weekends. Heck, some Soft Star fans even go running in them! Handcrafted with our premium leather uppers, a stretchy trim on the front and sides secures the shoe gently to your foot. Our flexible Vibram soles provide traction with a natural minimalist step, and a heavenly-soft suede innersole offers all-day comfort. Plus, we've added two dancer-inspired, adjustable crisscross straps for an even more customized fit. Effortlessly stylish in smooth black leather with a black elastic sport closure heel, these light and cozy Ballerines will quickly take center stage in your wardrobe!
  • Adjustable crisscross elastic straps for a secures and personalized fit; great for especially active wearers!
  • Handcrafted in USA from responsibly-sourced, premium domestic leathers
  • Designed to be lightweight and fit easily in your purse or carry-on
  • Gently elasticized leather collar trim for easy on/off
  • Comfortable heel
  • Flexible 4mm Vibram Cherry sole provides traction and protection

Check out this video for tips on finding the best Ballerine size for your feet:

Customer Reviews

Totally worth the money - stunning Review by GoingferalNZ
I fretted about buying these as they were so pricey. I am SO glad I did. They are very flattering on my wide feet (10.8 cm wide, I ordered a regular width), extraordinarily comfortable, they scream "quality", and are beautifully made. I thought a lot about different colors in the customizer and came up with some great ones, but I'm pleased I went with plain black in the end because they are so striking and classy, and I can wear them with anything. The term "sports" closure makes it sound less dressy, but I think the strap makes them look more dressy.
The softstar elves had trouble replying to my queries (they were emailing me but it wasn't getting through, and I kept asking) so they telephoned me from Oregon - and I live in New Zealand! Can't get better customer service than that. (Posted on 5/7/18)
Comfortable and great Review by Red
I really love these shoes. They're definitely one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned, and the leather makes them the most comfortable I've ever had to wear barefoot. They're snug and comfortable, and great to wear for many activities.

I have similar feedback to others here.
* The back of the shoe is shaped differently than most shoes I've worn. I like the high coverage of it, but because of the way that it curves in I can't get my heel all the way to the back of the footbed and so there's extra material that bunches up near the sole.
* The elastic is great for keeping the shoe on, but is fairly loose for those of us with small volume or low arch feet.
* They look great.

I have two additional wishes:
* more sizing options for Softstar Shoes. The 8U is perfect for me in bare feet but is too snug with medium weight socks. I worry that a 9U would be too big, but a half size bigger would be perfect.
* more sole options for these shoes. The 4mm bottom is great for me to wear outdoors, but I'd love to have thinner sole option too especially if it would give a less athletic look for wearing to fancier events.

I am so glad I bought these shoes and expect to buy them in more colours in the future. (Posted on 5/2/18)
Pretty, didn't care for the fit Review by Ariana
I ordered these in a custom color for summer, but sent them back as I did not like the fit of the shoe. They looked lovely, but dug into my Achilles tendon and I couldn't see how I would be able to wear them for any period of time without being uncomfortable, much less go for a walk in them. I ordered a dash runamoc as a replacement, it seems a much more comfortable shoe, though not nearly as fashionable. (Posted on 3/23/18)
These Are Fabulous!! Review by Tee
I tried these in my standard SS shoe size, but they were much too small and I had to return them. I wanted so bad to like and have a pair of these because they would be a good non-winter shoe for dressy and casual wear. So I took measurements of my feet and consulted with the Elves. I tried again in a the next size up. Their recommendations were spot on. When I tell you these shoes are beyond comfortable with a feel of barely there, I'm not doing them justice. It's just something you gotta experience for yourself. These look and feel great, meeting all my requirements. They will be my Spring through Fall shoe. I plan to order more in custom designs. (Posted on 2/20/18)
Very happy Review by Adrienne
The shoes are very comfortable, and I'm hoping they last a long time. (Posted on 1/25/18)
I love these shoes! Review by Donna
These shoes are just like being barefoot but better. (Posted on 1/16/18)
nearly perfect Review by Rosanna
I love these shoes! I ordered a size up as recommended. At first they were quite painful on the back of my ankle but after some indoor wearing they molded to my feet and now I walk several miles a day in them with my toddler on my back. I do think the back of the shoe doesn't need to come up so high since the strap makes them plenty secure, and then they would fit more comfortably out of the box and have cleaner lines (the leather in back slouches where it meets the heel of the sole). But on the whole I'm tremendously happy with them. (Posted on 10/18/17)
So, so happy to have found these. Review by Lucy
I can't wear even the slightest heel or I get back problems. I've been wearing other minimalist shoes, but until now hadn't been able to find any in leather. These are so good, and they're proper presentable shoes that I can wear to work and look presentable. I'm now thinking about what colour to have my next pair! (Posted on 10/10/17)
Didn't work for me Review by Flo
Have a love-hate relationship with these. Love love love how light and flexible they are, but I cannot wear them without developing a sore spot on the back of my left heel. Have tried hammering away at them to soften them in that spot, but it didn't work. I think these are just cut way too high in the back for me to be comfortable with them. Really wish I'd returned them when I was hesitating over whether to keep them early on.

If you've ever had similar problems with shoes (your achilles tendon is sensitive to pressure/constriction like mine), make sure that these don't feel too tight. If they do, just return them and try another style or a bigger size. (Posted on 10/9/17)
First time buyer and I love them! Review by Lora
I decided to order my normal size and not size one up cause I knew they would stretch to my foot for a perfect fit and I wanted the more snug fit. First time wearing they felt like the most comfy shoes I have EVER put on :) I have a pair of soft sole minnetonka booties and i have a pair of xero sandals which both I love as well but my soft star shoes was by far the most comfortable. After a couple hrs of first wear I did have a sore toe and one of the heels was digging in making it sore as well but I was expecting it. After 4 or 5 wears there was zero discomfort and I LOVE wearing them! The ballerines are the perfect shoe for any occasion ! I will definitely continue to be a returning customer, all my kids wear soft stars as well :) thank you! (Posted on 9/7/17)
ENJOYING THE ADULT SPORT BALLERINE! ...I love ALL of my elf shoes! Review by Karen
I work as a flight attendant, and love wearing these shoes throughout my days in the air and on the ground! They are comfortable, travel well, and the elastic bands help me move quickly between connections. I love the supple leather with many possible shades. I have had foot surgery, and since that time, Softstar shoes are the only kind I wear for comfort and posture! Many thanks to the elves! (Posted on 9/5/17)
Nice, but wrong shape for 20-30% of us Review by Laurie
These are great quality and very comfortable. My only complaint is the profile of these shoes doesn't work for the 20-30% of people who, like me, have a second toe longer than the big toe (Morton's Toe). I had to size up in order for the angle of the shoe's toe to accommodate my foot shape. Because of the larger size and the toe shape, when wearing the ballerines, my feet push to the outer edges of the shoes, making me look pigeon-toed. I would love it of SoftStar offered a less angled profile. (Posted on 8/30/17)
Not holding up, fur not quite right Review by Sarah
I followed the instructions in the sizing video but am not happy with the fit. At first I thought it was good because the shoes are so soft and almost feel as if I'm not wearing shoes. But as I wore them I started to notice that the toe box isn't wide enough and my little toe rubs against the edge of the footbed since it doesn't fit on top of it, which isn't very comfortable. I have several other styles of soft star shoes and I have not needed a wide before but I feel it would have been a better fit in this case. Also there is a thin string between the sole and leather that looks like rubber and it is falling off of one of the shoes.

Note from Softstar: Thanks Sarah for the review~! Please not the thin string between the sole and leather is just excess bonding glue from welding the sole to the midsole. Once you start wearing the shoes that thin bead of rubber may come free and you can pull it off - it will not hurt the shoe in any way and is just excess bonding material from attaching the sole. (Posted on 8/29/17)
In LOVE Review by NS
I absolutely love these shoes so comfy I forget I am wearing them. The suede insole is so soft. At first the straps dig into my foot but they seem to have loosened up after a few wears. I highly recommend these shoes!

Note from the Elves: Thanks NS for your review! Have you tried sliding the strap slider all the way to the side? It makes the straps looser if all the way to the side, more snug/tighter if moved away from the side to give adjust-ability to how snug you want the straps. (Posted on 8/11/17)
Surprisingly comfortable Review by Carol
As someone who suffers from metatarsalgia, bunions and flat feet, I was somewhat skeptical that a minimalist shoe would work for me but I love this ballet flat. I had to go up a size, but I am very happy with my new shoes. They are quite comfortable. I have narrow feet, so I opted for the strap but I think I'll skip that on my next pair as it doesn't seem necessary. Yes, there will be another pair ordered soon! (Posted on 6/5/17)
Love 'em Review by Sasha
Most comfortable shoes I have. Soft and flexible. (Posted on 6/5/17)
Love 'em! Review by Lanalee
The video on sizing helped me choose a size up with the strap, and I am so happy with the fit. These are super soft, like the ballet slippers I wore in dance class as a kid, and I can wear them to work. Love 'em :) (Posted on 5/11/17)
very comfortable Review by Lynn
I'm enjoying these shoes and finding them very comfortable. The leather is soft and attractive. I'm glad that I viewed the video about these shoes. main point: order one size larger. with this advice, they fit perfectly. (Posted on 5/11/17)
Didn't follow sizing advice...happy anyway! :) Review by CreekGal
I bought a pair of Ballerines with sports closure during the recent sale. Incredible! So soft. They felt like "mine" from the first moment I slipped them on. I love them. I wear a size 6U Wide in Merry Janes and I was conflicted on what size to order in Ballerine, since the Elf advice says to order 1 size larger. That seemed way too large to me. I'm so glad I went with my usual size and didn't order up a size. I have a high volume foot, with wide toe splay...and wear an American size 7.5 or European size 38 in the commercial shoe world...and the 6U Wide is absolutely perfect on me. The sports closure gives extra security, but I think I'd be OK without it too. I think I love my Ballerines even more than my Merry Janes. (Posted on 4/27/17)
I love them! Review by Anna
I have always wanted to wear ballet flats, but was unable to find any to fit my wide foot. Until now. These are the most comfortable shoes. I love the wide toe box. They are well made with high quality materials. They are worth every dime. I plan to buy more and try your other styles. (Posted on 4/7/17)
love them Review by Kim
I wear my soft star ballarina shoes almost everyday. Very comfortable shoe just like barefoot!! Deciding on colors for next pair. (Posted on 4/7/17)
Like walking on soft puffy clouds! Review by Sarah Lele
I bought these to wear at my new office job, and they are perfect! Took a little time to get used to the heel it dug in a bit at the back, but soon got used to it after a few days of wear. The sole is oh so soft as is the leather. My toes and feet are so happy. They look cute and tidy for the office. I really like the sport closure, I like the look of it and also the security it provides. Since they get the big yes from me I'll likely treat myself to a custom coloured pair next. Thankyou! (Posted on 4/4/17)
Perfect Review by Amy
Let me say ... I have unique feet (small, slightly wide, low-volume) and have a really hard time finding comfortable shoes, dressy or casual. These can be both. I did try several other SS models here (solstice and dash), which were cute but not perfect, so I ended up returning them. No other ballet flat I've tried works. I do put a little heel grip in, which helped alleviate the initial rubbing, and now they're ridiculously comfortable. Bonus: I can pack two of them in a suitcase and have color choices without taking up much room. I have another custom pair (sans straps), and am thinking about two more. (Posted on 3/29/17)
Love them. Review by Liz
Great quality shoes that fit just as expected. Quality workmanship and beautiful shoes. They feel supportive without being restrictive. Best purchase in a long time and worth the price. (Posted on 1/26/17)
Elastic Pain Review by Kay
I really like the look and comfort of these shoes except for one thing: The elastic band at the rear of heel is very painful. Maybe it sits right on a reflexology point or a nerve or some such thing. I cannot wear them for long without that pain getting intense.

I showed them to my cobbler and we tried attaching a sheepskin panel to the area to soften it but it was not effective.

I may ask him to try cutting the elastic all together ( they could stay on w/ the strap only)
If that doesn't work, then I'll have to consider them a total loss. I am sad; I wish they could work.

I also don't like the chemical smell that the rubber has. It must be a toxic matter and I don't want any toxicity in my footwear! Can you not use totally natural tree rubber instead of Vibram?? Even if it cost more, it would be worth it.
My priority is to find shoes that are TOTALLY natural w/ no synthetic foam or petroleum or chemical nastiness!

Note from the Elves: Thanks Kay for your feedback. You might want to consider exchanging for one size larger in the Ballerine flat if they are in brand-new condition. If this is not the case, consider stretching the shoe mechanically to address the tightness. Vibram does not generally use tree rubber as it hardens (and breaks down) in cold weather and gets sticky in hot weather, although they may use a mixture of it depending on the product. Also, all tree rubber is processed using vulcanization meaning even natural rubber is not chemical free. Please consider our options for all leather soles if you would like to avoid rubber soles - leather soles are available on our Dash styles. Thank you! (Posted on 1/6/17)
Comfy! Review by Heather
I've been wearing these all the time. I was replacing a bunch of really uncomfortable dress shoes, but now I wear these whenever I can. I ordered a size up because I like my shoes roomy. I wear them barefoot or with light socks. They do mold to your foot - at first I was worried about one spot my toe was hitting, but that went away after a day. Thank you! (Posted on 12/6/16)
Comfortable and fashionable Review by Cynthia
I ordered these after discovering that the minimal shoes I had been wearing (not Soft Star Shoes) were discontinued. These flats are even more comfortable than my old pair.

I particularly like the sport closure: I have not noticed any looseness in the shoe (I don't think they would fall off my feet without the closure) but it makes them feel more secure. (Posted on 11/14/16)
Awesome. Review by Walkswithdogs
Awesome fit. Awesome style. Awesome materials. Awesome company.

I followed the online size guide and Ballerine video fitting instructions. Per instructions, I sized up for the roomier fit and got the perfect-for-me size without ordering multiple pairs or going through a return and reordering process.

The shoes are cuter in person than online, and the leather is super rich and soft. Shoe construction is excellent.

I'm also impressed with the company regarding leather sourcing and core values.

Good job Soft Star! Thanks for the shoes :) (Posted on 9/23/16)
Comfortable and lovely Review by Anna
I use these as a nice shoe for work and play. So far, they feel great (very little time in getting used to them) and they look super cute. (Posted on 8/26/16)
Even better now! Review by Kristin
I wanted to update my review as I visited Soft Star in person a few days ago and they adjusted the straps on my ballerines to be tight to my foot and now they are perfect! This seems to help the slipping to the outside of the heel too. Lovely, cute slippers as shoes! (Posted on 7/28/16)
Like slippers Review by Kristin
Seems like my reviews for SSS all seem to proclaim them to be like slippers. Indeed, I want all my shoes to feel like slippers!

I almost returned these as the 7U that I got in the dashes was shorter than the dashes, but I didn't dare order the 8U as my foot is really narrow so I thought they would be way too big since these don't come in narrow.

Af first, my toes were squished at the top, but one night of tucking some rolled up socks in the toes seemed to relieve that and I tried them on about 5 min at a time over the next few days and just doing that seemed to stretch them enough that they were comfortable. Now it seems like there is plenty of room in them. No problem at all and I could never have worn the bigger size.

One thing though, with low volume feet, I notice that the front strap is not tight at all. It's loose actually. I'm thinking of sewing a tuck in it to make it tighter. I know I can tighten it a tiny bit by moving the buckle to the middle, but I don't like the look of that as much. That said, the shoes stay on my feet and don't slip off. There is a little extra room in the width of the heel though and sometimes it feels like my heel is sliding off the sole to the outside (and I noticed wear on the leather there where my foot is resting off the sole). But because these feel like slippers, I am willing to forgive that. Just hope I don't wear a hole in the leather in that spot.

I am also curious as to why the sole is curved. Is that to help keep the shoe on? The dash sole does not do that, but is straight. My foot is also straight and not curved. I think that is the reason (besides the extra width) that my heel slides to the outside as my heel doesn't curve in like that.

Does anyone else have curvy feet or are most people's feet straight like mine (I mean the outer edge)? I'm never sure as it seems everyone's feet are soo very different. (Posted on 7/19/16)
Comfy and cute Review by scarter
I wear these sport ballerine flats to work and church constantly. The inner soles are very soft on my feet. These shoes have more cushion than some cheap ballet flats I had been wearing previously. I've not owned any others, so I cannot compare to average, but I find them to be very comfortable. The shoes flex very naturally with my foot. I watched the ballet sizing video and decided to order up a size to 7U since I measured near the end of a size 6U. I went back and forth on whether to return for the size I measure to, but decided to keep them since they do have the sport strap. However, next time I'll buy smaller and dampen the shoe to stretch it out like I saw another reviewer mention if I feel the standard size cramps my toes. The shoe is plenty wide - wider than expected (they are my first soft star shoes). I've never needed narrow or wide shoes before. Possibly due to ordering larger than my best fit my shoes pretty quickly ended up with some slightly off putting bubbling (not sure exactly how to describe) around the edges (the leather is very soft), but I imagine no one notices but me. In fact, I was complemented on how cute they are just the other day. I really like the maroon heel and gray edging. They make the shoe unique while still working for my go to black dress shoe. I did initially buy these thinking I might wear them on more casual occasions, but for my style they don't really work out that way. I'm glad I purchased these and plan to purchase some brown ballet flats soon. (Posted on 5/23/16)
What a Difference a Little Elastic Makes! Review by KJS
I ordered the original Ballerines as soon as they were available, but, to my disappointment, my feet didn't love them as they do my other SS shoes. The heel seemed to come up too high and it rubbed, plus they just didn't want to stay on securely. I decided to take a risk on these Sport Ballerines (especially in such a super non-DYI combination), and I love them. They feel like a different shoe entirely and are great for walking. May just have to order another DYI pair now that I know how perfect they are!

(Posted on 5/12/16)
Love them Review by Katherine
I now have two pair of shoes from the elves love them both. My second pair are sandals. (Posted on 5/5/16)
In love <3 Review by Amanda
These are incredible. I'm a mom of two and all I do is run around with my boys all day. These are gorgeous and my feet love to be in them. I put on some similar shoes by a different brand the other day and couldn't believe how uncomfortable of shoes I've been wearing before these. I wear these with jeans, leggings and can easily dress them up with a dress. I can't wait until summer to wear them even more! (Posted on 3/24/16)
Love these shoes! Review by Debbie
I absolutely love these shoes. I have worn them every day since I received them four months ago. These are my first minimalist shoes and there's no going back for me. My feet are happy all the time now. I have since ordered the Mary Jane's and the Run Amocs. (Posted on 3/12/16)
Love these! Review by Katie
I got my shoes about a week ago and am in love! I wore them for a couple days and found them to be a little tight across my big toe. I remembered a trick my grandpa always used when making his own moccasins and decided to try it out. I soaked the shoes in water and wore them until they were dry and now the fit is amazing. Will def be buying another pair (Posted on 3/9/16)
Love These! Review by Kristin
I applaud the level of craftsmanship that went into tailoring this footwear! Thank you for creating such comfortable and sexy shoes. Great for day wear or at night. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist it's really important for me to have footwear that is custom tailored to fit well and to support my body in all of my athletic endeavors. I highly recommend these shoes because they allow the toes natural room and with soft soles will help to re-build the three arches of the feet and align the body. Can't wait for my next pair of Soft Star shoes! (Posted on 5/24/14)

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Find Your Size!

You can measure your feet at home using a book, a ruler and a wall. You can then see where the measurement fits on our charts below to find the recommended Softstar shoe size.

Note: we no longer recommend tracing your feet because it usually gives a larger measurement than the method described below. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method.

To measure your feet:

  1. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place your bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 2. Place a book in on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
  3. 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.


Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.


Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.

Style notes:

If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

Printable Stand-On Size Guides

We recommend using the measuring method shown above for the most accurate sizing, but if you'd like a simpler method then you may want to try our printable size guide. Just print the guide below and follow the instructions on the page.

Note: before you print the guide, make sure your printer settings will not shrink or scale the page. Uncheck any boxes labeled "Fit to Printable Area" and/or set scaling options to "None."


Care Tips for Full Grain (smooth) Leather Shoes


Softstar Shoes are made from eco-friendly leathers tanned in the USA. Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and hide markings is to be expected. Because we use leather colored with non-toxic food grade dyes, there will likely be some initial color transfer to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp. This will decrease with use, but we don't recommend wearing your new Softstars with your favorite white socks the first time you take them for a spin. 


If your shoes are a little snug at first in the toe box area, you can gently stretch them by stuffing the toe box with a dry cloth. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe and let sit stuffed overnight to stretch. Do not use a damp cloth as the water can stain the leather or innersole of some leather types, rendering it non-returnable.



Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant, but our special vegetable-tanned leather (available only by custom selection on some of our design-your-own shoes) is a "naked" leather and will stain from water alone. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth and let air dry, but please note if you do this on vegetable-tanned leather then you will need to wet/stain the entire shoe to avoid water marks. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but be careful to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles. Do not use mink oil on your shoes, as it can degrade the adhesion on bonded soles and cause the sole to separate from your shoe over time. We highly recommend Bee Natural Amore for general conditioning or Rain & Snow or Nikwax Full Grain Waterproofing on smooth leather for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look, which can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).



We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer. For all of our leathers (except vegetable-tanned) you can clean by hand with a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.


We are often asked if our shoes can be washed in a washing machine. While not recommended as a normal course of action, when in dire straits the Elves have been known to toss a pair of shoes in the machine and generally have had good results. Just don't mix them with any other item because of color bleeding. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water, but you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day.

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