Perfect for slipping on and running out the door for a busy afternoon of shopping, ballet flats are universally adored for being both comfortable and chic. For those of us looking to take a break from our heels and leave a daintier footprint on our earth, the ballet flat is the perfect shoe to satisfy our needs. The ballet flat is lightweight, and with little to no heel, walking in them could not be more comfortable. They are truly a fashion classic!
Ballet flats have been in style for centuries, and naturally it all started with ballet, modeling the ballet flat after the ballet slipper. The ballet flat dates all the way back to the 16th century when they served as equal opportunity footwear. However, the flat briefly went out of style with the introduction of the high heel after Catherine de’ Medici wore them at her wedding.
However like all trends in the style world, ballet flats were revived after Marine Antoinette walked to the guillotine in a pair of heels. Heels quickly went out of style and ballet flats became the shoe of choice for many women.
Then in 1947 ballet flats were introduced to the everyday women with the help of Rose Repetto. She crafted her first ballet flat, hand-stitching the now timeless Repetto ballet flat, for her son, the renowned dancer and choreographer, Roland Petit. Her ballet flats immediately became popular among professional dancers. After French actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot wore a pair of Repetto’s flats the trend of the ballet shoe launched into iconic status.
Ballet flats took off again in the 1950s after Audrey Hepburn wore a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans in the film “Funny Face” in 1957.
Today women all over the world consider the ballet flat to be their go-to shoe, so lesson learned, never underestimate the ballet flat!