Inspired by classic ballet shoes, ballet flats have a long history, first gaining prominence on the fashion scene in the mid-20th century. Since then, as many styles do, the popularity of the style has fluctuated, but thanks to a recent revival on the runways, the ballet flat is the shoe to own.
The beauty of the ballet flat comes in various forms. The timeless appeal makes it a clever buy. Though ballet flats haven’t been trending in a while, they’ve definitely remained on the fashion radar. Next is the practicality. The flat sole is not only a saving grace for your feet, but also makes them practical for long days running around town, commuting to work, or any time you fancy giving your heels a day off. So many designers have turned their hands to ballet flats, providing plenty of options when you’re searching for your perfect fit. There are classic silhouettes with a traditional bow, square and pointed toes, and even a revival of elastic strap styles that mimic original ballerinas. (And of course, I’ve added a selection below.) The final pull of these shoes comes from the range of outfits they can be paired with. From nipping to the shops in a tee and baggy jeans to styling an elegant maxi silhouette for the evening, comfortable yet chic ballet flats always feel the part.
To prove just how versatile (and loved) ballet flats are, I’ve pulled together eight ways that celebrities are styling theirs right now. Plus, keep scrolling to shop the best ballet flats for any budget.