Ballet Flats Got A New Look This Season

Everyone has that one fashion item that excites them more than any other. Beautifully crafted handbags are a common favorite, as are classically tailored overcoats and cashmere separates. For me, it’s shoes — handmade, hand-stitched, buttery-soft shoes. And after spending far too much time in quarantine perusing the upcoming season’s selection of fine footwear, it’s clear to me that the ballet flat has a new this year.

I first caught wind of the shoe’s makeover via Catherine Holstein, creative director of womenswear label Khaite. Originally designed for the brand’s Pre-Fall ‘20 collection, the Ashland Ballet Flat covered more of the foot than a regular ballet flat, had a squared-off toe, and was threaded with a delicate string bow. I immediately wanted a pair. And given that the silhouette has now become a year-round signature offering for the brand, I evidently wasn’t alone. 

With a newfound love for this fresh and elegant take, I started seeking out the classic shoe everywhere. “Ballet flats with a higher topline are what feels modern right now,” explains Zou Xou designer Katherine Theobalds, whose best-selling Inia Flat boasts a similar glove-like fit. “It’s that little detail that keeps it from looking basic, because I think for a little while ballet flats were kind of cast into boring territory.”

For someone like myself, whose collection of footwear consists of lug-sole loafers and heeled sandals in the summer and a very tall pair of black boots in the winter, craving the simplicity of a ballet flat came as a surprise. However, when shoes as good as these come along — especially with the promise of transitional weather just around the corner — you embrace them with open arms. 

See for yourself by shopping the ballet flats ahead.

Khaite THE LOGAN FLAT, $, available at khaite

Mango Elastic leather ballerina, $, available at Mango

Mansur Gavriel Square Ballerina Flats, $, available at Shopbop

Schutz Arissa Square Toe Ballet Flat, $, available at Nordstrom

Loeffler Randall Leonie Lambskin Bow Ballerina Flats, $, available at Bergdorf Goodman

Margaux The Demi, $, available at Margaux

Click HERE to read more from Refinery29

Do you believe in super being called "God"?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Confirm you are not a spammer! *