Simple but also elegant. Stylish but also comfortable. Ballet flats are timeless yet also bang on trend. Plus, you can wear them with absolutely anything to add some French-chic style to your outfits. Below, you’ll find the best ballet flats to go with everything from a casual blouse and jeans to a formal ballgown.
Celebrity ballet flat wearers
Ballet flats obviously have their origin in dance. However, the ballet flat has developed into a shoe to wear off stage and has gained legions of fans over the decades because of its nonchalant, running-errands-around-Paris styling.
In the late 1950s, Bridget Bardot wore a red pair in And God Create Women while Audrey Hepburn famously donned her iconic ballet flats and polo neck outfit in Funny Face.
The style then enjoyed a resurgence in the noughties when supermodel Kate Moss wore her flats with her jeans, and she has stayed loyal to her Repetto brand over the years. Actress Sienna Miller, the late Amy Winehouse and the Duchess of Sussex have also been fans.
Best ballet flats for 2020
Ballet flats are definitely still on trend for 2020, as proven on the summer runways with Mui Mui’s woven ballet style (above).
The best ballet flats: Repetto flats
British supermodel Kate Moss has been a huge fan of her Repetto flats for decades, wearing them with everything from skinny jeans to shorts.
More of classic best ballet flat brands to try
Tory Burch ‘Minnie’ ballet flats
When you think of ballet flats, Tory Burch is definitely one of the brands that springs to mind immediately.
The Minnie style is in stock year after year in different shades and is the perfect choice for travelling or switching from your heels after a long night, as the split sole and flexible construction makes it easy to fold into the included shoe bag.
You’ll find more arch support inspiration in this article.
Kenneth Cole New York ballet flats
Kenneth Cole’s Balance flat features a dainty bow and striped heel detail.
When choosing a pair of flats, all-day comfort is important. The FitFlop Allegro (below) is usually updated in different shades each season, and features a contoured, cushioned footbed with American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance.
Cole Haan ballet flats
Simple, yet stylish, Minnetonka’s black Anna ballerina flats (below) are deliberately, minimally styled to give them versatility.
With an elasticated topline, Lucky Brand’s ballet flats (below) are designed so they don’t slip around on your feet as you walk. Choose from coated cork, fabric or leather.
If you like to add a little height rather than having a completely flat shoe, then the 1901 Bryn style (below) is worth considering. Opt for snake print, or a soft suede in either orange or navy.
Ted Baker London
Shoes can be the perfect way to add some pizzazz to an outfit. The bold detailing of the Ted Baker Sually (below) means you can keep the rest of your look very simple.
Marks & Spencer
A key shoe trend for summer 2020, is woven leather. The silver ballet flats from M&S (below) will go with pretty much anything in your closet. They would look lovely with either white or black for summer.
A good budget option if you are looking for a pair of flats for running errands, heading off on vacation, or you want to buy a number in different colors, are these essential flats from Amazon (below).
Most reviewers say they are good quality, well made and supportive.
What to wear with your ballet flats
Now that you’ve chosen your favorite pair of ballet flats, what should you wear with them? Well, the answer is, pretty much anything!
Below is some inspiration for you on what to wear with your ballet flats.
Kimba (above) matches her black ballet flats to the zebra stripes on her blouse.
Carrie (above) chooses to keep her outfit coordinated with her leopard print top and matching ballet flats.
Fonda (above) wears her ballet flats with slimline pants.
Tanasha (above) wears a pair of quilted ballet flats with her leather-look leggings.
Nadine (above) shows that ballet flats can go beautifully with a dress as well as jeans and pants. She picks up the green in her dress in her shoes.
Ashley (above) opts for minimal styling with her tan ballet flats and striped maxi dress.
Rocio (above) wears silver flats with her below-the-knee skirt.
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