The ballet flat is one of the most iconic shoe styles ever. With a simple, feminine shape and endorsement from icons like Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel, it’s footwear with enduring and seasonless appeal.
Today, well-heeled ladies like Olivia Palermo, Diane Kruger and even Dita Von Teese are constantly spotted on the streets of Los Angeles and New York in comfortable ballet flats. Whether paired with cropped skinny pants à la Hepburn or a flirty little mini skirt like Olivia Palermo—they never fail to add sweetness and sensibility to any outfit.
If you’re anything like us, you’re totally okay with having a shoe wardrobe stocked with ballet flats in a myriad of colors and fabrications. Classic black leather for the “I have nothing to wear!” days; cap toe for casual days at the office; and leopard print pony hair for days when you need that little extra something.
Looking to add an new pair of these stylish slippers to your fall wardrobe? Start with classics and dance your way to more unusual pairs. Repetto represents the gold standard in classic ballet flats with their Parisian roots, luxe materials and traditional bow on the toe. For a playful twist, we love Cole Haan’s animal print flats with a tiny gold heel or Gucci’s suede skimmers in bright fuschia.
Shop our ten favorite pairs of chic and comfortable ballet flats—free of buckles, zippers and complicated details—just classic and sweet. Now go ahead and take a bow.