Love it or hate it — ballet flats are back.
The staple shoe of the 2000s has had a resurgence in popularity — but with a chic update that makes them feel decidedly fresh.
“Along with the classic round toe ballet flat we are also seeing pointed and square toe ballet flats making their own mark,” explains THE ICONIC’s head of style Nicole Adolphe to news.com.au.
Here’s our round up of the best ballet flats you can buy right now — including an affordable way to get the must-have Chanel ballet flat look.
BEST CHANEL BALLET FLAT DUPES
Making their debut back in 1984, Chanel’s ballet flats have been a fashion staple for decades but have had a resurgence in the past few months as the ballet flat became a sartorial favourite once again.
But the designer shoe will cost you. Even a second-hand pair sell for upwards of $600, while brand new (if you can get your hands on them) are $1270.
Fortunately you can get the look for less with these Chanel-inspired ballet flat shoes we’ve rounded up here.
To me these Aldo ballet flats are the perfect dupe for the Chanel version not just because they come in a similar colour scheme — the beige and black version is currently sold out, but you can still get your hands on the all black style.
The quilting is also a classic detail on many of Chanel’s leather bags and accessories, making these shoes so chic.
They are made from a leather upper with a textile lining, with a cute bow at the front.
Nicole recommends this RUBI quilted pair for those wanting to get a Chanel-inspired look. These flats have a faux leather quilted style similar to the French label while the square toe gives it a modern touch. The shoes also have a padded footbed.
Fair warning: Shop quickly if you see your size in this ASOS pair as they often sell out. This faux leather pair have the classic Chanel-style colour block and a wide fit, making them ideal for all-day wear.
The navy and black colour blocking style of these ballet flats also echo Chanel’s famous style, plus the patent black toe makes them feel dressier.
Featuring a leather upper and lining with a rubber sole, these are a classic ballet flat that will stay in fashion for seasons to come.
BEST BALLET FLATS AT THE ICONIC
According to Nicole, the most popular ballet flat style at THE ICONIC right now is a “classic black ballet flat with a bow”.
Here’s a round-up of the most popular ballet flats at THE ICONIC right now, plus Nicole’s favourite picks.
These shoes are a modern twist on the classic ballet flat style. With an higher enclosed round toe and tie bow detail, they are made from a smooth faux leather look and have an pull tab on the heel.
Ted Baker is famous for its classic British style and is one of the UK’s most popular clothing, shoe and accessory brands. These ballet flats are a great investment — featuring a leather upper and classic bow detailing, they also have a cute gold floral charm that sets them apart.
You won’t want anyone to step on these blue suede shoes. Add a beautiful pop of colour to your outfit with these powder blue Witchery ballet flats in leather suede.
These shoes also give good support with a two-part outsole and 10mm heel height.
These leather look ivory flats will make a chic addition to your wardrobe — they would look great paired with wide legged pants for work or a pretty floral dress in summer.
They’re also seriously affordable and come with a padded sole for comfort.
These Atmos&Here ballet flats get a big tick from us thanks to their scalloped edge that’s similar to high fashion brand Chloe’s signature style.
Featuring a leather upper and cute bow they also have a slight heel for comfort.
Similar to the other RUBI flats on the list these ballet flats also have a modern square toe that sets them apart from other styles.
These fuchsia flats have a padded footbed for comfort and will add a welcome pop of colour to your wardrobe.
BEST BALLET FLATS
We couldn’t go past these Country Road ballet flats — they’re a classic style and great value for a leather shoe.
Made from responsibly sourced leather they have a 0.75cm heel and a padded insole for comfort.
They have over 400 five star reviews on Country Road’s website, with shoppers describing them as a “very comfy” shoe that “goes with everything”.
These shoes are a great option for those who want a ballet flat option they can wear most days but don’t want to opt for black or beige.
The navy and tweet design of these shoes is understated enough to go with most clothing while adding a bit of interest to your look.
These shoes are inspired by Valentino’s iconic Rockstud ballet flats. Featuring a leather upper and lining they have double layer in-built padding for extra comfort, as well as a slight heel.
These shoes are ideal for anyone who wants the ballet flat look but needs extra foot support. The leather shoe has a 2.5cm wedge heel and supportive sole as well as a round toe and bow embellishment.
These are the perfect pink ballet flats to add to cart. With a cute pointed toy and textured faux leather upper, they have a padded footbed for all day wear as well as a slight heel.
HOW TO STYLE BALLET FLATS
“Ballet flats are a really versatile wardrobe staple and a much more comfortable alternative to wearing heels at work,” Nicole said.
“I also love the look of pairing ballet flats with a knitted jumper and a bright silk bias cut skirt.”
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