It comes as no surprise that classic ballet flats have been around for nearly 70 years. The style was inadvertently created by iconic actress and pioneer of "French-girl" style Brigitte Bardot, who requested a pair of shoes as "lightweight and flexible as true ballet slippers" from designer Rose Repetto back in 1956, according to the company's CEO, Jean-Marc Gaucher.
Today, the style remains as enduring as ever. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "trendy" shoes, brands like Bottega Veneta, The Row, Loewe, Reformation, and more have all released new iterations of the timeless style. From croc-effect and snakeskin to classic leather and suede, there's certainly a ballet flat for everyone.
We took it upon ourselves to source the best ballet flats on the market right now. These 15 styles hail from legacy designers like Chanel and Gucci, as well as affordable brands like Mango and H&M. No matter what your price point, these picks are stylish and timeless enough to wear for years to come.
1. High: Fendi
Fendi Zucca mesh ballerina flats ($690)
We simply must own these Fendi mesh ballerina flats.
2. Low: Mango
Mango Leather Flat Shoes ($80)
These square-toed olive-green flats are incredibly chic, not to mention affordable.
3. High: Chanel
Chanel Ballerinas ($1700)
You simply cannot beat classic Chanel ballet flats.
4. Low: Schutz
Schutz Brisey Flats ($165)
These affordable woven flats have spring 2020 written all over them.
5. High: Gucci
Gucci Leather Ballet Flat With Half Moon GG ($790)
You'll wear these classic black-and-white Gucci flats for years to come.
6. Low: Reformation
Reformation Bea Flat ($178)
Reformation's croc-effect flats will go with any outfit.
7. High: The Row
The Row Satin Ballet Flats ($790)
The Row's satin ballet flats resemble actual pointe shoes, and we're here for it.
8. Low: By Far
By Far Toni Flat Slingback Ballerinas ($297)
If you love By Far's chic bags, you'll also love its slingback ballerina flats.
9. High: Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Flats ($620)
These leather ballet flats further prove that Bottega Veneta can do no wrong.
10. Low: Everlane
Everlane The Day Glove ($115)
Leave it to Everlane to design the perfect sustainable, affordable, and timeless ballet flat.
11. High: Chloé
Chloé Lauren Scalloped Ballet Flat ($495)
These scalloped ballet flats come in 10-plus different colors and finishes.
12. Low: Sam Edelman
Sam Edelman Stacey Flats ($130)
Pointed toe and snakeskin print? Perfection.
13. High: Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi Transparent Panel Ballerina Shoes ($695)
You can't go wrong with transparent paneling.
14. Low: H&M
H&M Ballet Flats ($25)
These center-seam ballet flats look so much more expensive than they are.
15. High: Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo Love Flat Ballerina Shoes ($825)
These on-trend zebra-print flats will add personality to any outfit.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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