Shoes-day: J Crew Cece Suede Ballet Flats

You know I’m not one to shy away from color. That goes for shoes as well. If I feel like I’m wearing something that’s not all that exciting I’ll add an interesting or colorful pair of heels or flats to finish the outfit. That is where the Cece Suede Ballet Flats come in. I have them in both the Sapphire and Wild Berry in a Size 7. They also come in Black, Dusty Cedar, Tropical Green, Aged Driftwood, Navy and Bright Flame.

Description from J Crew: Beautifully styled in sumptuous suede (from Italy, of course). Our designers deliberated over every detail to ensure our ballets are the most comfortable you’ll ever wear, adding more padding, removing the shank and finishing them with an arch-hugging wedge. We think they’ve nailed it. Elasticized topline. Cushioned insole. Man-made lining. Rubber sole.

You can see the color is really vivid, even without the flash from my camera. 
Now, I cannot compare these to the older Cece’s as I don’t have a pair but I can tell you that these are comfortable flats. I reach for ballet flats most of the time during the Fall/Winter/Spring, especially when I have to run a quick errand. These two colors certainly jazz up a pair of jeans and a tee. 
I will say the back of the shoe is higher than most of my other flats and they did rub enough to get a blister the first time I wore the Wild Berry.  I think I’ll be fine from now on but will carry some band-aids just in case I feel it happening again. 

There are also several other Cece Ballet Flats styles:

  • Patent Bow – The Getaway Green is gorgeous!
  • Studded Leather – Even those these are in neutral colors, the studs give the shoe a little “oomph”.
  • Glitter Bow – I know the Glitter sandal was pretty popular this summer so how about a great flat option? Unfortunately I keep missing my size in the Warm Sienna (Size 7 anyone?)
  • Leather or Suede Studded – A little more tone down as only the toe is studded on these.
  • Patent Toe – Check out the Bright Bayberry if you aren’t a fan of a bright color.
  • Metallic Suede – The Metallic Sienna looks like a great neutral.
  • Tweed – If you like menswear, check out the Grey.
  • Leather and Tortoise – I like the tortoise toe on these. And they are also offered in Girls sizes.

Do you have the Cece Ballet Flat? What about the older Cece flat? I’m curious to know if there really is a difference between the two like the description is stating. 


  1. October 4, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    I don't own any flats. I tried a pair in the store the other day and decided I just can't 'do' these types of shoes as they are too uncomfortable for me. Nice colours!

  2. October 4, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    I cannot seem to have too many flats!! I love the blue ones here! And for me they are completely comfortable.

  3. October 4, 2011 / 5:23 pm

    I love these colors, you always have the best shoes!

  4. October 4, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    I have the patent ceces. They did take a bit to break in, but now they are super comfortable!

    Love the bright colors, especially the blue!

  5. October 6, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    I love these flats! I'm such a flats girl 🙂

  6. November 5, 2011 / 8:05 am

    How have the suede ones held up? Did they stretch out too much that you should have sized smaller to begin with, or is your true size best?

    And how about scuffing? Now that you've worn them a month, do you find that the bright suede colors are ruined from wear, or do they hold up as well as the leather?

    Thanks so much!! 🙂

  7. November 8, 2011 / 12:54 am

    Sorry, i have to comment again to subscribe for the follow-up comments! Can't wait!

  8. November 14, 2011 / 2:40 am

    Kid Sis – They have not stretched out any. The size 7 is my true size and they are perfect. The suede hasn't scuffed at all yet and they are comfortable for all day wearing. Flats are my go-to shoe for Fall/Winter/Spring so I will be getting a lot of use out of these.

    Hope that helps!

  9. January 1, 2012 / 11:12 am

    It totally helps! I finally took the leap and bought two myself. Thanks so much for the info! It was too much money for me to go in blind, so I really appreciate your help 🙂