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So, I got some black flats.

Bali ELF handmade leather shoes

Remember how my cheap flats finally bit the dust?

shoe goo fail

And how I was mulling over a bunch of different high-quality ballet flat options?

(The comments on that post are really helpful-you guys had so many great ideas!           I actually made a Pinterest board to organize them all.)

Well, a little while after I published that post, I got an email from Bali ELF because they noticed I’d linked to their site, and they offered to send me a pair of their Aise black ballet flats for review.


Bali ELF makes leather shoes, bags, and accessories all by hand (in Bali), not in a factory, which is pretty cool.   If you follow them on Instagram, you can get a peek at their process and also see the gorgeous place where they live and work.

(I kind of want to live in Bali now that I’ve been getting regular peeks at the beaches!)

I traced and measured my foot and sent off my measurements, and when the shoes arrived, they were just a bit on the small side.

So sad.

bali ELF shoe box

BUT!   It turns out that they fit Lisey, so I thought I’d just blog about Lisey wearing the shoes.

However, the sweet people at Bali ELF said they’d like to send me one more pair in a larger size for me too.

So happy!

The larger size fits me perfectly.

aise black ballet flats

These are really, really soft ballet flats…the shoe is very unstructured, which makes it super comfy.   They feel almost like slippers.   And I like that the top part covers my toes because that means I can wear the sock liners meant for flats without worrying about them showing.

Because the shoes are made of such soft leather, you do see the outline of your toes a bit, but that doesn’t bother me, especially for a casual shoe like flats.

I have a pretty wide toe box, though, so if your feet are narrower than mine, you might not see your toes, since the leather wouldn’t be pulled as tight.

(Here’s another blogger wearing the Aise flats, and hers do look a lot smoother than mine.)

aise ballet flats

I have difficult feet.

Joshua wasn’t around when I needed to take pictures of these, so I handed my camera to Lisey.

But sometimes she didn’t actually get the shoes in the shot.

no shoes

Or my head.


Note to self: plan better so that Joshua can do the shooting.   😉

I did find one with my head and my shoes in the same shot.

the frugal girl in aise ballet flats

I feel quite confident that these flats are going to be with me a lot longer than my cheap ones were and that makes me so happy.

all leather Aise ballet flats

Since Lisey and I both have a pair, we’ll be able to give them a nice test run.   Remind me to report back to you in about a year, ok?

Edit: Initially, I forgot to include a picture of the bottoms of the shoes.   So, here you go:

bottom of elf ballet flats

They’re definitely more…what’s the word?   Grippy? Than the bottoms of other ballet flats I’ve owned, which will be quite lovely when I have to be out in the rain.

Bali ELF has a bunch of other cute flat options in addition to the Aise that I have, and they all are $110 per pair.

$110 is way more than you’d pay for a pair of run-of-the-mill flats, but these shoes are real leather and are handmade, so they should last far longer than cheap flats.

And $110 is nothin’ compared to designer shoe prices.   😉


For those of you whose style is more adventurous than mine, Bali ELF also offers some more out of the ordinary shoe styles, such as this one!


Oh, and if you’re as disgusted as I am with how difficult it is to find a real leather purse or wallet, go browse through Bali ELF’s purse and wallet collection.

Disclosure: Bali ELF sent me two pairs of shoes, but this review was not sponsored in any other way.

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Thursday 4th of August 2016

I love the pictures of you in the ballet flats. I wonder if you were wearing them barefooted as that is how I wear my ballet flats even when cold out, I have been buying my ballet flats at BANNANA REPUBLIC.


Friday 5th of August 2016

I usually wear little liner socks because my feet get too sweaty!


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Can we get another update? How are they holding up? How frequently do you wear them? Do you ever wear them all day or to do a lot of walking?


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

They're holding up great! No problems with the sole pulling apart or the leather wearing.

I don't wear them all day, generally, but that was true of my old flats too, and they still fell apart! So, these are working out much better than my cheap flats were.

I haven't worn them for long periods of walking, only because when I walk a bunch, I'm usually wearing casual sneakers, not flats. So I can't testify as to how comfy they'd be for mile after mile in a row. I imagine they'd get uncomfortable after a while, though, because flats are just not very cushy, no matter how nice they are.


Tuesday 31st of March 2015

I'm thinking of ordering some of the ELF shoes, I'm curious about how they are holding up now, about a year later?


Tuesday 31st of March 2015

Mine are doing great so issues, and now that I've been wearing them, the leather is doing a nice job of conforming to my feet.


Sunday 14th of September 2014

How are your flats holding up? Worth $100+?


Monday 15th of September 2014

They're good so far, but I'm just now coming into the cooler months when I will be wearing them more. So in six months or so, I'll have a more accurate idea of how great they are!


Thursday 29th of May 2014

Oh my word, those are adorable! I clicked on their page and their prices are not so adorable! LOL

I am adding these to my wish list for when we have lots of money.

Enjoy your new shoes!

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