Ballet flats get their name from—you guessed it!—ballet slippers. They are essentially a variation on the soft-soled ballet slipper that ballerinas wear. Both men and women have worn something similar to a ballet flat for centuries, but for the modern take on this popular women’s shoe, we have Capezio to thank. The brand innovated with a hard sole design on a soft upper ballet slipper for everyday wear.
A great alternative to stilettos, modern ballet flats gained popularity in the mid-20th century. Stars like Audrey Hepburn wore them in movies and real life, showing that a basic flat could be both comfortable and chic. Princess Di was also a fan of the shoes, which is testament to their timeless appeal.
Just about anywhere. Ditch your heels and take these classic women’s shoes on errands, to the office, or out for drinks. You can find a variety of styles to suit the occasion and your mood. Look for basic black leather flats, floral canvas flats, studded or fringed flats, glitter flats and metallic flats.
Ballet flats look just as cute with jeans as they do with a dress. Play up a basic jeans and tee outfit with an embellished or ankle strap ballet flat. Or keep it simple in a patterned dress with a solid color leather flat. Either way, it’s a break from heels and your feet will thank you!