Ah, the beautiful ballet flat... Rarely has a woman’s shoe stirred such controversy between the sexes. Men often hate them, while women adore them! And for good reason. They’re lightweight, comfortable and go with just about everything (however, avoid wearing them with wide-leg trousers and long skirts as this tends to shorten your silhouette). Best of all, they can be popped into a handbag, so when your high heels start to hurt, slip them on and off you go!
We’re all familiar with the famous French ‘Brigitte’ who adopted the ballet flat for everyday use (no, not the prime minister’s wife or the musical duo - we’re talking about Brigitte Bardot!). Thanks to her, you don’t have to be a prima ballerina to reap the benefits! Made popular in the Roger Vadim film And God Created Woman, red ballet flats quickly became the footwear of choice for the ex-wives of the sixties. But whatever happened to their wild side?
Ballet flats are often seen as the less classy option. That’s totally fine with us - appearances can be deceptive! Cue the masked ball, the spa resort, the exotic holiday... no nonsense, ballet flats will take you anywhere you want to go. And that's why we love them! When night falls, ballet flats become Mary Janes and T-bars. Whatever the heel height or strap style, these fun and flirty shoes will have you sizzling on a hot summer’s night. Time to slip on your dancing shoes and strut your stuff in style!
We love classic black ballet flats, but their white version remains the staple for the girl next door, and Vanessa Wu prefers hers with a dash of gold or silver. With a ribbon tied neatly around the ankle, ballet flats are the French fancy of the shoe world and an embodiment of every little girl’s dream of becoming a dancer. For daytime, slip on a simple powder pink pair with skinny jeans and a round neck jumper. At night, sparkle in a glittery style or opt for a pointed toe to show off your rebellious streak!