Hepburn, Bardot, Moss, Coppola. When so many style icons agree on a single look over decades of time, you know it has to be for keeps. Ballet flats have stood the test of time, maybe even longer than you realized. The first iteration dates back to the 16th century when men wore similar styles as well. After a brief affair with high-heels, the ballet shoe made a comeback once Marie Antoinette wore heels to the guillotine. In other words, let them wear flats! Former ballerina, Audrey Hepburn, officially brought the style into the modern era when she paired them with skinny jeans in the movie Funny Face in 1957. As they say, the rest is history.
Ballet flats are effortless, elegant and don't compete with the rest of your look. Best of all, these pretty little slip-ons are actually practical. Tod's charming leather ballerinas with mini buckle details are begging to be taken for a bike ride, Hepburn style. Meanwhile, Roger Vivier's velvety suede flats are perfect for a jaunt out of town, like Miranda Kerr's daylong shopping excursion down Rodeo Drive. Classic, comfortable and chic? We say, long live the ballerina.