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- This casual flat is anything but basic. With the comfort of a slipper and unmatched style, this is your 24/7 go-to shoe.
- Soft-as-butter, hand-antiqued, premium leather upper in a variety of fun colors.
- Smooth leather lining.
- Cushioned leather footbed provides endless comfort.
- Durable leather outsole with a rubber toplift.
- Heel Height: 1⁄4 in
- Weight: 5 oz
- Product measurements were taken using size 6, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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5% Full size too large
18% Half size too Large
67% True to size
10% Half size too small
0% Full size too small
86% Felt true to width
4% Felt narrower than marked
10% Felt wider than marked
0% Excellent arch support
28% Moderate arch support
72% No arch support
Frye Carson Ballet
Average rating is 4 out of 5 from a total of 241 reviews.
Top Positive Review
6 people found this review helpful.
I just got these shoes today, and straight out of the box, they fit like a glove--as if they were made for my foot. The metallic color is sophisticated, but still stylish, however, the hue is very similar to my skin. I'm not sure if I like that, and was hoping for something that would have more pop. I haven't decided if I will keep them or not yet, but they are a beautiful shoe.Read more » « Show less February 27, 2012 by Alyssa
Top Critical Review
2 people found this review helpful.
These shoes are adorable, but I wish they were better constructed. The sole of the shoe is just leather, which is completely impractical. For the first month or so, you slide and slip everywhere. The only reason it gets better is that the sole starts to wear away, and all the pits and grooves give you traction. After a year of regular use, there are holes in the soles of my pair. I bought my regular size in these shoes and they stretched a good half size up. They're very comfortable, but as others have noted, there's not a lot keeping them on your foot once they stretch a bit. I'm not sure if sizing down would help or if the shoes would just keep stretching. These are really cute flats that I'm sad to throw out (due to the stretching and the holes), but I'm not sure if I'll get another pair. If I put a rubber sole on and maybe bought some inserts it might work out better, but these are expensive enough shoes that it feels crazy to spend time and money modifying a brand new pair to get them to meet some baseline level of shoe functionality. I've had other Frye flats last me 5+ years. What's up with these Carsons?Read more » « Show less May 24, 2013 by Elizabeth
Very comfortable shoe, works well with casual and dressier outfits!
- Jo - customer
- June 17, 2013
I love these shoes. I have tried numerous ballet flats but they either look very unattractive on my feet or hit the wrong places and hurt. These were perfect out of the box. I like how they look on and they are comfortable.
Felt true to size
Felt true to width
Moderate arch support
- Debra G - customer
- from Ravenel, SC
- June 9, 2013
They are the most comfortable ballet flat I have purchased. I hesitated to spend the money but I am truly glad I did! The reviews regarding sizing was so helpful.
- Mary G - customer
- from Long Island, NY
- June 7, 2013
This shoe is beautiful to look at, but not so pretty on. The fabric gets all floppy, with creases. Overall the shoe is not very comfortable either, the sole is on the stiff side.
I'd also recommend: Dansko, Born
- KarynM - customer
- from Seattle
- May 31, 2013
These are super adorable shoes! But I did return them. I ordered them in the black textured nubuck. I'm a size 9 in about 95% of shoes I buy, so I ordered these in a 9. I have large toes and my big toe pointed on the nubuck material which I was not happy with. If I ordered a size up, I felt they would've been too loose. Also, I hate the look of toe cleavage (being one with longer toes), and these gave just a touch of that. I avoid most ballet-style shoes for this reason, but the Fryes were passable. What made me return these shoes is the slippery sole. I had returned some Frye oxfords for the same reason last year. I don't understand how a company who charges so much on a majority of their shoes feels they can get away with slippery soles. I shouldn't have to pay extra to go to a cobbler and get a better sole put on...or even invest $5 in anti-skid stickers for the front of the shoe. Sorry, it's just principle at this point. Also, I wish Frye would make all their shoes in the USA, not a select 5 pairs. This pair was made in China. Oh well, better luck next time I guess.
- Anonymous - customer
- from Long Island, NY
- May 29, 2013