Ballet flats are a classic. They are universal and are the delicate alternative, the ultra feminine answer to more knockabout footwear (ie. flip flops, gladiator sandals, Birkenstocks). The comfort of the flat sole is balanced by the girlish aesthetic of the shoe. They represent a more refined alternative to more garish warm weather footwear.
Ballet flats really look best when you dare to bare. Pair them with shorts, skirts, and dresses that end above the knee or alternately skinny pants or cropped pants that reveal the ankle. This will lengthen the leg and elongate the body. Feel free to accessorize and embellish the look with a statement necklace, cocktail rings, or Bardot hair. This can add some punch and a wow factor to a simple, understated look.
When selecting ballet flats from the shop, first select leather or suede. Be certain the quality is up to snuff. Also choose a flattering shape, something dainty and polished. Keep any shoe accessories such as chains, rhinestones and the like top notch. You will walk in them often so the sole should be leather.
Recommended brands are as follows: Madewell, YSL, J Crew, Asos, Chloe, Chanel, Zara, Ferragamo, Geox, Tory Burch, E Porselli and Repetto.
“The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.“
Attribution to Elf Sacks, Chloe, JCrew, Crysalin Marie, E Porselli, Toast