Ballet flats have been a staple in French wardrobes for decades and are considered an essential element of the classic Parisian chic!
Get ready to pirouette this season because the ballet flat continues to be a big shoe trend for 2023. But in all honesty, can we take them off the trend list and please move it to timeless list? It’s about time!
Ballet flats in my opinion are the epitome of timeless elegance and comfort and they are a wardrobe essential for women of all ages! Shoutout to me in high school but I’m also grateful my overall personal style has evolved.
Ballet flats are often associated with French fashion and style. They have been a staple in French wardrobes for decades and are considered an essential element of the classic Parisian chic look and that is what I am here for!
I just found my perfect pair (can’t wait to tell you about them) and will be incorporating them into my daily styles until the snow flies.
In today’s journal, we’ll unravel the world of ballet flats by delving into their iconic style, notable designers, materials you should look out for, how to care for them for longevity, styling tips and touch on their delightful blend of fashion and comfort.
Let’s dig in!
*Also many shoppable links below! Including the ballet flats I am loving right now in every colour! If you’re looking for outfit specifics you can find those links in my YouTube video description. Accessories linked below! This blog is not at all sponsored I just love the brand Margaux and believe in what they’re doing! Thanks! xo
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You’re on this blog so I am going to assume you’ve been mulling over the decision to add these to your wardrobe. Or you’ve just dug them out of the back of your 2010’s closet because you heard they’re back in style.
I’m a little biased and am not going to bury the lead — I’m here to convince you they are here to stay.
As we know, ballet flats are inspired by the graceful footwear of ballet dancers and embody a unique blend of sophistication and simplicity. Their enduring appeal is grounded in:
Ballet flats exude an effortless and enduring charm, making them a versatile choice for various outfits and occasions (as showcased in this blog). Perfect for day and night I really think finding the best ballet flats for you is like finding the perfect pair of denim.
These shoes effortlessly transition from casual jeans to elegant dresses, making them a staple in every fashion-conscious person’s closet. If you’re a fan of sneakers and sandals I believe the ballet flat should be in your shoe arsenal.
With their rounded or almond-shaped toes and subtle embellishments, ballet flats add a touch of femininity to any ensemble. Even though they lean more feminine in style – editors over the years have been able to showcase how even the “cool girls” style them. (Photos below sourced from Pinterest – follow my Pinterest boards here)
Ballet flats offer the perfect blend of fashion and comfort:
I Found My Perfect Pair from Margaux New York
Maybe you stumbled on my cozy little nook of the internet because you were searching the same keywords I was a month back. My Google search bar reading, “Where to find the perfect ballet flats?” again and again.
After extensive research I found Margaux New York.
The reviews were glowing! Countless customers claiming comfortable they are, sturdy quality, well constructed shoes and overall being extremely happy with their buy. I can now verify I am one of those customers!
The header of their “Our Story” page reads this: “A NEW KIND of footwear brand, rooted in friendship, collaboration, and community.” The company is run Sarah Peirson and Alexa Buckley, two best friends who met at a cab stand in college and they are absolutely incredible.
You can read more on their story over on this page.
Margaux leads the way with size inclusivity, offering a wide range of sizes and widths, ensuring everyone finds their perfect fit. They even have the ability to customize with extended widths and they have a fit concierge.
I am so impressed with the products featured on Margaux because of the variety of styles, the feel and how they’ve taken the ballerina and modernized it for 2023 and beyond. If you are someone who has always searched for stylish flat shoes (not to forget to mention they have a ton of other styles on their site as well) you will find them here.
I purchased The Demi Saddle Nappa and have been blown away with the over all quality and even the unboxing experience. Through this blog and on YouTube you’ll see me styling them in 10 different ways.
I love looking at the major fashion houses to see what will be trickling down through the high-street. The influence of iconic designers and brands on the popularity of ballet flats cannot be overstated. Among the notable figures and labels:
The modern popularity of ballet flats can be largely attributed to the legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel. In the 1950s, Chanel introduced the iconic two-tone ballet flat with a black toe cap, creating a timeless and elegant style that remains popular today.
There is just something so elegant about the Chanel silhouette that has me swooning every time I see them on Pinterest. Manifesting a pair for the future!
Another cultural influence on the popularity of ballet flats was the actress Audrey Hepburn. She often wore them in her movies and personal life, contributing to their status as a symbol of timeless elegance and grace. Salvatore Ferragamo custom-crafted ballet flats for the legendary Audrey Hepburn, cemented their status as a fashion icon.
Ballet flats graced the feet of fashion icons like Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana in the 1950s and ’60s, reinforcing their timeless appeal. The last time they had a major resurgence was the 2010’s and now today we are seeing them on the runway once again from the likes of Chanel, Prada and Miu Miu – call it “balletcore”.
Understanding the materials used in ballet flats is crucial for informed choices. Often times the materials you choose will be dictated by budget however there are cases where brands try to put lipstick on a pig. Here are the key materials you should be on the lookout for!
Known for its durability, breathability and comfort, leather ballet flats are timeless classics. Leather will mould to your foot creating an increasingly comfortable fit over time. When possible opt for leather as your main material.
Offering a soft and luxurious texture, suede flats add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. I love a suede shoe, however there is some room for these to be ruined if not cared for properly. If you purchase a pair of suede shoes of any kind be sure to spray them with a protectant – find one here.
Ideal for formal occasions, satin ballet flats are elegant and luxurious. Most likely an occasion shoe versus an everyday favourite.
While budget-friendly, synthetic flats may lack breathability, making them best for occasional wear. Keep in mind the smelly reputation they got in the 2010’s was likely because they were mass produced from synthetic materials.
Selecting the right pair of ballet flats takes time and consideration. As does adding anything worthwhile to your wardrobe.
For a versatile and timeless wardrobe consider a neutral palette. The neutral colour wheel includes tan, brown, navy and black. These colours really allow to have maximum versatility.
However, if you are someone who loves to really express bolder parts of your personality through accessories like shoes you can absolutely do that here. You can find ballet flats in bold colours like red, patterns like leopard, and many textures.
Caring for and maintaining ballet flats is essential to ensure their longevity and keep them looking stylish. Here are some tips to help you care for your ballet flats:
I remember loving and wearing ballet flats a ton in the 2010’s. I was an early adopter and I’m happy to say they are firmly back in my rotation. As you may know, I love feminine style and ballet flats seamlessly work with my personal style.
Ballet flats have the unique ability to bridge the gap between formal and casual wear. They represent the pinnacle of timeless fashion and unmatched comfort. Their adaptability, classic design, and unwavering comfort make them a must-have for every fashion-forward woman. So if you’ve been debating adding these to your wardrobe I hope I just added a few more points in the pros column!
Thanks for being here! And all the best in your search for pieces that will stand the test of time!
Ps. If you’re looking for more style content centred around one piece I recommend “Why the Denim Dress is a Summer Wardrobe Staple” as it is also a perfect transition piece for fall. Let me know on YouTube what piece I should cover next!
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