Let’s be real: the ballet flat is one of the most underrated shoes of the moment, and it deserves it’s time to shine. While girls are reaching for Mary Janes and wedges, we’re always ready to shamelessly rock some comfy, casual, and chic ballet flats. Easy to walk in and just the right amount of understated, ballet flats don’t leave your feet unbearably sore like most 4-inch heels.
While there will always be a place for the classic high heel, it’s just impractical to wear them everyday. And that’s where our ballet flats come into play. Style icons like Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung have been known to turn to a trusty ballet flat for the comfy yet stylish alternative it lends to the beloved pump. And they truly are on to something—ballet flats are addictive. They’re the perfect blend of on-trend and timelessness.
Legend has it that the ballet flat made its way into the footwear scene in the 1950s with Audrey Hepburn. Always an advocate for less-is-more, the ballet-trained starlet started wearing her ballet slippers as streetwear to achieve her completely minimalist aesthetic.
And still today, the style is an essential staple. Whether you’re headed to your morning commute or taking a stroll downtown, nothing beats tying your day looks together with a cool and casual pair of flats. Or, if you’re headed out for a small get together with your friends, you can always play up your style with a posh pair for the night. Keep your style low-key with classic black ballet flats, or go above and beyond with bold patterns and color-blocks. Whatever your overall look is, it can seamlessly be topped off with a pair of go-to ballet flats.
This spring, let’s use ballet flats to shake up our transitional styling. These minimal-effort shoes are practically made for the spring season with their fun and flirty persona, and they work with most of our springtime style staples. From white jeans to peplum pieces, ballet flats make a major statement from the moment you step out the door. So, dare to ditch the heel this season and keep things casual in these classic shoes.
If you need to do some spring cleaning in your shoe closet, go out with the old and in with the new by tossing your winter shoes away and grabbing some of these hot ballet flats. These shoes will breathe an air of freshness into your day-to-day style, and we guarantee you’ll become just as hooked as we are. These ballet flats will surely make a head-turning statement while you’re walking around, and they’ll feel so lightweight and comfy that you’ll barely feel them on throughout the day. So, mix your style with some comfort this spring and grab a pair (or all 7) of this season’s most sought-after ballet flats.
Let’s amp up your shoe game. Switch things up with our pick of ballet flats.
Keeping with Tradition
The terlik (or slipper) is a long-standing traditional Turkish shoe. During the spring/summer months terliks see a 20 percent rise with good reason, as the embellished slipper is offered in numerous designs including vivid colorways, intricate textiles, embroidery, and embellishments. The Turkish slipper has quickly caught the attention of the North American market as comfort and ease is a trend we can all get on board with. Free People take a modern approach with their St. Lucia Flat creating a happy medium between the perfect ballet flat and elements of the Ottoman slipper. Amp up your look with these statement-making stunners of the season and the ultimate conversation starter at your next rooftop get-together.
Let’s Get Minimal
Remember those shoes your grandma use to wear? You know, the ones you probably thought belonged in a hospital (or worse), with no shape, no character, just NO. Well, they’re back and have become a millennial’s ,or should we say minimalist’s, dream, because you can’t mention one without the other they’re pretty much synonymous. Martiniano offers a creative twist on the ballet flat with their Glove Shoe, one that beckons the vibes of a Lower East Side, Manhattan girl making a quick pit stop at Matcha Cha Cha for her daily dose of Coconut Matcha Iced Latte (extra shot of matcha, please). The slick design, low wooden heel, and round toe make it an excellent choice that is versatile and effortless despite the occasion.
Okay, okay it’s pretty clear we all desire to be a Mansur Gavriel girl, right? Their color palette screams 1950s Hitchcock revamped with blush pink, dusty rose, nudes, and a burst of crimson red, mellow yellow, and sorbet orange. Dreamy to say the least, and their contemporary tactic on the ballet flat surely won’t disappoint. Take a gander at their Suede Rectangular Slide, and yes, it may not necessarily shout “ballet flat” in its entirety, but they add a sense of modernity to an old favorite that fits the mold. The blue baby shoe is timeless in every sense of the word, accompanied by an almond toe, rectangular collar, and made in Italian suede gives you the effects of a ballet flat but the ease and simplicity of a slide during the warmer months that will allow your feet to breathe a sigh of relief.
Bo(w)ld and Beautiful
Nothing is as on-trend as a bold ballet flat with a simply stunning pattern. These ivory leather “Yva” ballet flats from Gucci are perfect for any daytime looks for this transitional season. Its elaphe skin trimming and bow make them a standout piece, and the iconic “GG” accent piece tie together the whole look. The stacked heel gives you a little lift without sacrificing any comfort, so feel free to walk around town in these effortlessly. Whether you decide to wear these shoes with a preppy skirt or loose boyfriend jeans, they’ll easily tie together any of your favorite springtime looks.
The Glossed Effect
A glossy pair of white flats are perfect for bringing in the warmer months. This pair by Jil Sander should be your next style staple for its breathtaking spin on the typical ballet flat. This is far from your ordinary ballet flat style for its deep angular cut-out that gives it an avant garde effect. Its detachable gold hoop to gives a minimalist feel and embellished look. Step out in style with these fresh shoes by styling them with a pair of your favorite cropped jeans and a fun graphic tee. You’ll have a street style look with a sweet edge that can’t be competed with.
These grungy Miu Miu lace-up metallic leather ballet flats are for every girl who likes to go against the grain. They’re far from the norm with their loud punk-posh vibe that doesn’t seem to quit. Let out your inner rebel by rockin’ these cool shoes from day to night. These edgy ballet flats have a silver metallic leather finish with black buckled straps, creating an eye-popping contrast. They’re topped off with gingham print lace-up ties to complete the 90s-influenced look that can turn any girl into the grunge goddess of the year. Rock these flats with your favorite skater dress or skirt to create a cool punk-chic look.
Pretty in Pink
For a more preppy and classic look, reach for our Nicholas Kirkwood Lola ballet flats. These open-heeled flats have a modern, timeless feel to them that we just can’t seem to get enough of. Kirkwood’s legendary pearl embellishments at the heel are flawlessly fused with a modern heel cut-out and buckled strap, making this a major springtime essential. Team them with a white dress or play them down with a pair of raw hem jeans. However you wear them, they’re an elegant choice.
Striving for Purrfection
If you’re into quirky and fun styles, have we got the pair for you. Charlotte Olympia’s canvas ballet flats feature the brand’s signature “Kitty” embroidery at the front. Their tiny 15mm kitten heels are finished in gold and black adding a fierce lift to the quirky shoe. Wear these flats with any of your springtime day outfits to bring out a bubbly and sassy edge.
Miu Miu is definitely stealing our hearts this season with their mesmerizing ballet flats. These runway-ready flats have a patent leather finish for the perfect sheen on your shoes. Their single strap is embellished with crystals to make your shoes shine brighter than a diamond making them just as perfect for a night out as they are for an afternoon shindig.
The Classic Scallop
When it comes to classic and iconic, Chloe is the name of the game. These scalloped suede ballet flats are rendered in soft suede with a lightly cushioned footbed for support, comfort, and most importantly style all day long. The scalloped edges delicately frame your foot for a delicately detailed style, and the stonewash color will pair perfectly with anything you have in your closet. If you only get one pair of ballet flats for springs, this pair should be it.