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These ballet flats are so comfortable and lightweight — I regret not buying them sooner

Each step feels like I’m walking on clouds.
Courtesy Mercedes Woods

If you’re like me, at some point in your life, you’ve sacrificed comfort for beauty. Whether it's a skirt that looks fabulous, but you don’t dare sit down for fear of splitting a seam; or stilettos that give you the sexiest legs, but leave your feet covered in blisters and your bunions screaming for the next week. Of all fault of my own, I'm no stranger to these kinds of situations.

For instance, I recently went to L.A. and made the mistake of spending all seven days in a pair of thigh-high boots. To be fair, they looked amazing … but it was a BIG mistake. By the end of the trip, my feet were done. Thankfully, my brand-new pair of memory foam flats from Amazon were waiting for me in the mailbox when I got home. The moment I tried them on, I had immediately regretted not ordering them sooner. Here's why.

Babudog Women's Mesh Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats

They are comfortable and lightweight

It was love at first step. The first thing I noticed was how unbelievably comfortable and lightweight they are. The inner sole is made of memory foam, which molds to my foot and helps with shock absorption. Basically, it feels like I'm walking on a cloud. The uppers are also made of woven knitted mesh, which makes them super breathable — meaning, no more sweaty feet.

But the most useful feature has to be their portability. I can fold them in half and easily fit them into a pocket, purse or tote. I only wish they had arrived before my L.A. trip; I could have had an extra pair of shoes that packed easily and weighed next to nothing.

Courtesy Mercedes Woods

In general, I am a true size 9 with regular width, and these shoes fit perfectly. Although I usually prefer a rounded toe for more space, this pointed pair still left me with plenty of wiggle room. But for those with wider feet, select styles also come in half sizes.

I'll wear them year-round

I can see these becoming a new summer favorite, but for now, they still work for the colder weather, especially since their material stretches to allow for socks, stockings or tights to comfortably fit underneath. I'd also recommend these flats to commuters who walk to work in sneakers and carry a pair of professional-looking shoes to change into at the office. Since they're slim and packable, transporting them will be a breeze.

Available in over 20 colors and patterns, I don't think anyone will have a problem finding a pair to match their style. I chose the white and beige design as I love wintry creams and can easily take them from day to night with almost anything in my closet. Other patterns include leopard spots, stripes and geometric shapes, among several solid shades.

Courtesy Mercedes Woods

One thing to note: I don't think I would recommend these for extended long walks over rougher terrain, especially if you are looking for more support in your footwear. (I sometimes struggle with plantar fasciitis and need more support in a walking shoe.) But if you are looking for a great flat for work or a night out that will keep you comfortable and wont break the bank (did I mention these are only $24?), you won't regret giving these a try. I'm already packing them for my next trip!