Rated 3 out of 5 by LoganCircleLove Close but not quite
These have a lot of pros: soft leather exterior and leather insole, comfortable with no blisters or rubbing or anything like that, and the heel is perfect, polished, and actually makes them more comfy than flats without a small heel. I can walk forever in these. Now the cons: the vamp is way too high, making it matronly and unflattering. But the biggest con is that these shoes scuff SO easily. The first day I wore them, the front of the toe of both shoes got scuffed. The leather must be super thin, which probably helps make them comfy but means that one tiny scuff from accidentally skimming your toes once on a sidewalk will scratch the toe of the shoe so that it turns white and is glaringly flawed. After one day of wearing these to commute, I can't wear them anymore because the scuffs are too prominent. I could live with a high vamp but I need at least relatively durable flats at this price point, and in their current iteration, Kikis are just too fragile.
May 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by katieM Nice style but scuffs very easily
I bought this several months ago in the turquoise colour. I really like the look of the shoe, and it is reasonably comfortable for a shoe that has no support. However, they scuff extremely easily, and now after maybe a dozen wears, they look old and worn. It would be one thing if the scuff was just a small mark on top of the leather. However, scuffing these wears the top layer right off, making the marks very obvious as the colour is gone and they are essentially white. I was contemplating buying another pair of these in a different colour, but for the price I need something a little more durable.
August 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by CharlieM Scuff marks ruined shoes immediately
I really love the style of the Kiki ballet flats. They fit perfectly and were incredibly comfortable to wear. However, after only a few wears they were scuffed...more like the leather tore and I had only been walking around the house in them. I shrugged it off, but after wearing them for a few months the scuffs have accumulated to the point that the shoes are unsightly and I don't wear them anymore. I'm all for well worn in shoes (my favorite pair of boots are 10 year old riding boots from JCrew), but the leather appears to be too soft and too thin in these shoes which seriously compromises their quality. I was horribly disappointed in the Kiki ballet flat.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amanda So Much Better Than I Expected
I always preferred the style of the Cece leather ballet flat, but when the Kiki went on sale, I decided to give it a try. The Cece, as cute as it is, makes the ball of my foot ache within minutes, so I was a little worried these would be the same.
I have now worn the Kiki for what amounts to 5 or 6 miles of walking (mostly on cement and tile), and they have never hurt for even one moment. The minute I put them on, they felt like I'd owned them for years. I don't know if it's the heel or the slightly looser fit (the Cece is a bit tighter), but these shoes were *made* for walking. They look perfect with skinny or slim-leg jeans, and when paired with the Andie chino, they are absolute business-casual perfection. I want to own a pair in every color. I'll never buy another kind of ballet flat as long as I live. Vive le Kiki!
June 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rosewhiterosered ballet flats made even better!
I have owned J Crew's classic leather ballet flats before and I think these are even better with a bit more of a heel to them. I find choosing a size in ballet flats tricky because the leather is so soft that they really do stretch out quite a bit after you have worn them for a while. I find that J Crew shoes run a bit on the smaller side. I am usually a 8 1/2 (39# in shoes but sometimes a 9 #40) fits better. The 8 1/2 felt just a bit too snug for me but I was worried that after a while a size 9 would slip off my foot. In the end I decided on a 9 and while they were a bit snug at first they now fit perfectly.
June 5, 2014