Bringing Back Ballet Flats: A Symphony of Fashion and Comfort

Effortlessly elevate your style with timeless ballet flats — discover unique pairs and customisation options right at your fingertips!

Ballet flats have gracefully pirouetted their way into the hearts of fashion enthusiasts, transcending trends to become a timeless wardrobe essential.

In this style guide, we'll delve into the latest trends, showcase some uniquely designed pairs, and provide insights on where to get your own pair.

Additionally, we'll explore ways to personalise your ballet flats or style them for various occasions.

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We've seen the recent comeback of Balletcore, so it would only make sense for ballet flats to follow suit. Ballet flats have undergone a style evolution, blending comfort with chic aesthetics.

The current trends include vibrant colors, whimsical patterns, and innovative designs. From classic leather to sustainable materials, designers are redefining the essence of ballet flats.

Here are some of our favourite takes on ballet flats:

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Camper's Right Ballerinas

Camper's Right flats marry comfort and sophistication effortlessly for almost 20 years.

With their removable footbeds, rubber outsoles, and classic and sleek silhouette, these ballet flats redefine casual elegance, making them a must-have for those seeking refined everyday comfort in every step.

Indulge in timeless style at Camper and treat your feet for $240.

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Dolce Vita's Ashya Ballet Flats

The Ashya Ballet Flats exude modern femininity with their square-toed silhouette and delicate ankle strap.

The crinkled leather not only adds a touch of well-worn charm but also lends an air of cherished sophistication to this already exquisite pair.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these flats seamlessly bridge the gap between comfort and contemporary style, making them a versatile addition to any fashion-forward wardrobe.

Channel the French girl in you with your pair from Dolce Vita for $195.69.

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Vicenza's Bow Mary Jane Flats

Elevate your footwear game with Vicenza's Bow Mary Jane Flats, which effortlessly combine vintage charm with a modern twist. The delicate tied bow detail adds a touch of nostalgia while making these flats such an effortless and timeless choice that transitions seamlessly from day to night. Not forgetting the gold and silver colorways that are timely for 2024's metallic trend.

Find your pair for $237 at Anthropologie.

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Ganni's Feminine Buckle Ballerinas

Step boldly into the spotlight with a fusion of edgy aesthetics and timeless elegance.

The rebellious flair, showcased by the eye-catching buckle and intricate details, makes these flats the ideal choice for those who seek to stand out and make a statement.

The pair boasts flatly squared block heels, slingback straps, large metallic buckles adorned with eyelet details, and engraved logos, delivering a powerful blend of sophistication and daring style.

Own this statement piece for $570 at Net-A-Porter.

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Valentino's Rockstud Satin Ballerinas

The Rockstud Satin Ballerinas redefine opulence through their iconic tone-on-tone studs and luxurious satin finish. Combining sophistication with a touch of edge, these ballet flats serve as a timeless investment, effortlessly enhancing any ensemble. The addition of fabric bow details, leather straps and trim, and an adjustable ankle strap further underscore their Italian craftsmanship, ensuring a lasting and memorable impression as they epitomize the brand's commitment to exquisite design and quality.

These are available for purchase at Valentino for $1,560.

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Sandy Liang's Mary Jane Pointe

Sandy Liang's Mary Jane Pointes are a fusion of whimsy and luxury.

The buckle and plush satin fabric create a head-turning design, making these flats a unique choice for those who appreciate avant-garde style and want to make a bold fashion statement.

An elevated look to the classic ballet flats.

Secure your pair at Sandy Liang for $730.

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Simone Rocha Criss Cross Ballet Flats

Simone Rocha captivates with their intricate detailing, featuring criss-cross strap detail with buckle fastening.

The juxtaposition of delicate femininity and modern design makes these flats a unique and artful addition to your shoe collection, perfect for those who appreciate craftsmanship and creativity.

Of course, it comes with a classic, elasticated bow ribbon detail to top off the look.

Find them at Simone Rocha for a touch of elegance and edge at $446.


Now, if you already have your own pair of ballet flats to elevate, here's what you can do:

Customising

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1. Lace up your flats

Add more textures and colours to your flats with laces!

The typical ballet flats likely don't come with laces so here's where you can add your own element.

Be it ruffled or satin, it will help your pair stand out from the rest.

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2. Add ribbons and bows

If you don't want the hassle of gluing laces on, you can get the same effect and add some visual height to your shoes with some bows and ribbons!

Not forgetting, you'd be combining two trends with this one.

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3. Colour them new

Of course, with any pair of shoes, you can always give them a quick refresh with a new colour way.

So grab your paints and give your ballet flats a new makeover.

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If you're not keen on painting over your flats entirely, paint on them to make them uniquely yours.

TikTok user @ashleybrooke below shows a creative DIY of monogramming your ballet flats – where do people even get such genius ideas?

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4. Quick embellishments

Give your ballet flats just a subtle pop of flair by embellishing their rims or by adding on some funky straps!

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Styling

Considering they are such a classic style of footwear, the ballet flats are no doubt one of the most versatile pieces you'll have.

The same way you can pair heels and sneakers with everything, you shouldn't be surprised how often you'll reach for your ballet flats.

Here is how ballet flats are being styled:

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Key takeaways: Wear them in place of your heels, sneakers, or flip-flops; and explore pairing your classic flats with a more relaxed fit.

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Key takeaways: Add a touch of daintiness to your masculine and oversized outfits with your ballet flats. Use them as a pop of colour.

Dress them up with blazers or dress them down with your casual and everyday style.

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Key takeaways: Avoid a silhouette that's too wide or too long; opt for pieces that cut at the ankle.

Balance the femininity of the shoes with some edge such as blazers or leather jackets, especially if your main outfit is feminine as well.


Ballet flats have proven that fashion can be comfortable without compromising on style.

With an array of unique designs, customisation, and styling options, these flats are the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

Explore the trends, discover unique pairs, and let your creativity shine as you make ballet flats an integral part of your fashion journey.

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