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Frye Carson Ballet Reviews

451 reviews
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Overall Rating:

96%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

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0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

70% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

68% "No arch support"

408 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 2/24/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I am raving about the white cracked leather Carsons. They are my 3rd pair of Carsons and are much softer, pliant, and take no time to break in, unlike my black pair and my tan pair. They are so much nicer than pic; they are beautiful! They're almost a soft gold or tan, without seeming metallic yet on the verge of it. They are like slippers; I just went to try them on to make sure they fit, and I ended up wearing them for the next six hours! (with no socks) Definitely slightly different (softer) leather than the other plain colors. The fit is perfect, as I always take an 8 in Fryes, and these need no break-in time.(My foot tends toward the wider, but shorter side). I have a lot of Frye boots, and these are the softest pair of any Frye product I own. I would say buy your regular Frye size, or if you have never purchased the brand before, they might run slightly larger, but just a tad, not by much. These are a great neutral and if you do not want a show stopper bright white or bright gold shoe, than this is a good alternative. Go for this color, I am pretty sure you will love it. Note to Zappos:Please reshoot the picture of this white crackle leather shoe (then just try to keep it in stock, and it will be a big hit)!

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43 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 10/22/12
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:1 stars!

Felt great when I first slipped my feet into them, but after walking around in them for awhile, I realized they are awful! The main issue I can see is that they have no lasting structural integrity; due to the softness of the leather, the sides and back start to buckle in such a way that the shoe loses its shape. You can see the reason for the issue in the video here. If you look closely, you'll see the model's foot arch is partly exposed, and there is a gap. I think if you have high arches, like me, there isn't as much for the shoe to cling to as you wear it. And again, the leather is so soft that it ends up sagging. It sounds like I would need to try a size down to solve the problem, but that is not it.

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5 people found this review helpful  

April 30, 2011

Julie

from Richmond, VA

I tried for months to find a flat that looked good and was comfortable. After four pair I found these gems. I have them in 3 colors. I don't expect them to have arch support since they are flats. I have high arches. That said, they had better arch support than any other ballet flat I tried on or bought before. A bonus is the cut of the shoe, with my high arch, actually provides much needed ventilation for my feet, which can be an issue. I wear them all day at my job as an activities professional at an assisted living facility, and they are comfortable and look professional. They run slightly large, to the extent that I ordered an 8 1/2, but often 8 1/2 is the actual fit for me; sometimes it is 9. If you alternate between two sizes, I recommend buying these in the smaller size. Also, they required no "breaking-in". The first time, each pair felt like I'd worn it 50 times.

Brands I'd also recommend: None. I tried many brands & these are best for a flat.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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5 people found this review helpful  

October 14, 2010

Anonymous

from NC

These shoes are gorgeous! I love the simplicity and the high quality. They've stretched a bit as I've worn them, I ordered a half size down and they fit well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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4 people found this review helpful  

December 2, 2010

Anonymous

from Amherst, MA

Runs about a half size short, especially if your two second toes are longer than your big toe. Otherwise I love the style and color.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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3 people found this review helpful  

March 23, 2011

Anonymous

from new york city

These flats are great! As usual, with Frye I had to order a half size down, but the fit is perfect, absolutely no breaking in, comfy from the start. None of the weird buckling on the sides that can often happen with ballet flats. Well constructed; really nice leather.

Brands I'd also recommend: corso como

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

November 9, 2010

Anonymous

from Richmond, VA

Darling! I was looking for a solid flat with no embellishment and Frye really delivered. The fit was true to size, and very flattering. I got the dark brown and it is a beautiful, natural tone. I wear these every chance I get. If they came in black I know I would never wear another shoe again!

Brands I'd also recommend: Lucchese, Stuart Weitzman, Ariat

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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3 people found this review helpful  

October 22, 2012

Anonymous

 

Felt great when I first slipped my feet into them, but after walking around in them for awhile, I realized they are awful! The main issue I can see is that they have no lasting structural integrity; due to the softness of the leather, the sides and back start to buckle in such a way that the shoe loses its shape. You can see the reason for the issue in the video here. If you look closely, you'll see the model's foot arch is partly exposed, and there is a gap. I think if you have high arches, like me, there isn't as much for the shoe to cling to as you wear it. And again, the leather is so soft that it ends up sagging. It sounds like I would need to try a size down to solve the problem, but that is not it.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

I've been looking for a shoe like this for a long time and it was worth the price. The Cognac Leather isn't too orange in real life like some other shoes I've gotten. The leather is soft and doesn't rub. It fits snug so that the back doesn't fly off my foot when I walk. The shape looks cute with just about anything. I would buy these in more colors.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan, Born, Michael Kors

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 15, 2012

Anonymous

from St Augustine, Fl

These are gorgeous. They are also very comfortable. They are true to size. A quality Frye product for sure! They are cute, too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 10, 2012

Lily B

from Santa Barbara, California

These shoes were so comfortable from the get-go and the yellow color is great. I get compliments on them each time I wear them! They stain easily, so I have to figure out the best way to clean/protect them, but I'd love to get them in another color. They are a tad too big, but going down a size would surely be too small. I normally wear a 9 in Frye, but I ordered the 9.5 for these and they worked out.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 2, 2011

Willow

from chicago

These flats are perfect! Soft, well fitted with a leather that will age gracefully. I love them!

Brands I'd also recommend: my ferragamo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 22, 2011

Glynis r

from Quinton, Virginia

This is a very comfortable ballet shoe, it does not gap at arch, and looks good dressed up or down. Zappos always comes through with their speedy delivery.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alegria

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 19, 2011

Ellen R

from Washington, DC

Love these shoes. As usual, Frye delivers on quality and durability, not to mention style. Living in a large, urban city where I walk A LOT, I've learned not to skimp on shoes. Most flats disintegrate within a month or two - but these are really holding up. Super soft, amazing sole, great color. Would DEF recommend this to anyone looking for quality and style.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 7, 2011

Anonymous

from New York, N.Y.

Love this adorable, well-made flat! It is completely worth the price tag (as I have found all Frye shoes to be). I ordered a half-size down (as a few suggested) and it seems to work fine on my larger foot. I have a little bit of a wider foot, which sometimes makes certain brands of round toe ballet flats a little tricky, but the shoe has enough form that it holds together well (ie: my foot is not coming out on the sides). I got the yellow, which will be perfect with all of my spring and summer bare leg clothes! As always, Zappos customer service rocks too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 6, 2011

Anonymous

 

These are super cute and comfortable! I am a 7 1/2 or 8; based on previous reviews I ordered and 7 1/2 and it fits perfectly. The silver leather is gorgeous.

Brands I'd also recommend: Seychelles

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 5, 2011

Linda R

from Snohomish, WA

Great neutral color and great looking with jeans or slacks that touch the tops of my feet. Did not like the look of them with capris, they made the front of my feet look quite wide.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 4, 2011

Donna D

from Michigan

These are the perfect flat. Awesome on dance floor. Conform so well to your foot and are comfy!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 23, 2011

Emily V

from Columbus, OH

I bought these shoes with this year's tax refund - they would normally be way out of my budget - and I am so glad I did! They are the perfect flat. The shape is perfect and they are the only flats that I have ever owned that do not rub my feet in any way. Besides the fact that they are expensive, these shoes are amazing. And I love Frye!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 16, 2011

Anonymous

from New York

Love them! Beautiful and classic. I sized down to a 7 (usually wear 7 1/2 to 8). I have a narrow heel but am wide-ish across the toes, and the fit is perfect--I don't feel squished at all like I sometimes do in other brands. However, I can see how these might be too wide for some ladies, if you have a narrow foot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 3, 2011

Rachel W

from College Park, Maryland

Definitely size a 1/2 to full size down for this shoe. I always wear 9 in flats, but 9 in this shoe is way too big. I can fit 4 fingers in the back while wearing these. Besides the fit issue, these are adorable! I've been looking for the right flats for a long time because I'm very picky with the look and comfort of shoes. I got the fawn color and they aren't too light. More like a dark tan/cardboard color. I really like the quality and how they feel.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 29, 2011

Laurel K

from Ft Lauderdale, FL

These are my favorite shoes ever. Not only are they very cute, they are so comfortable. The leather is very soft, and I love the leather soles. I read other reviews saying they stretched after wearing, so I bought a half size smaller, and they are perfect. I have worn them almost every day since getting them, and in fact bought a second pair for when these wear out. Truly amazing shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 26, 2011

Liz W

from Lebanon, IN

This shoe has been great for me. I work retail, so I'm standing for at least 8 hours a day, and these are the first flats to remain comfortable throughout the day. I got the fawn, and I like them with brown, gray, and black outfits. They stretch a little, but I ordered my normal size and it ended up being perfect for my bunions. These are the best flats my poor, messed up feet have ever worn.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks Boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 31, 2010

Susan

from Seattle

Great simple flat! I got them in berry and they are a really cute dark pink. Unfortunately I'm going to have to return them for a half size larger. In most brands I'm usually an 8.5 or 9. In my Frye Carson boots I wear a size 8 with room to spare so I went with an 8 in these as well. I kept expecting them to stretch more but after trying to break them in for over a week and I'm giving up the fight. the size 8's are too small. I already wore them outside so I'll have to give them to my sister. I do love the shoes though, and I'll be purchasing another pair in an 8.5.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 8, 2010

Anonymous

from Marblehead, Massachuetts

Awesome casual simple flat! I got the dark brown. A beautifully rich brown. Reading the reviews I ordered a 1/2 size down from my regular size 9. The 8 1/2 was too short so I ordered a size 9. I have a narrow heel which can be a problem with heel of the shoe slipping off.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye Boots, UGGS

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 25, 2010

Anonymous

from Maryland

These shoes are very comfortable! I usually have bad luck with flats -- they almost always pinch my feet. These are great, though! The sole is slippery, but I haven't had a chance to add a grip to them and I haven't fallen yet, so it's not too bad!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 15, 2010

Anonymous

from texas

These shoes are rad and really well made. \r\nAdvice, order half size down. \r\nAlso, get your cobbler to put some thin soles on them, as the leather is slippery and the shoes will last a lot longer, too.

Brands I'd also recommend: Remix shoes

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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