19 SEP - 2022
Ballet flats seem to transcend all shoe trends, year on year.
As we’ve seen, especially in Scandinavian fashion, ballet flats are always in. We’ve got Chanel to thank for their timeless classics. They’re the shoe that will become permanent staples in your daily rotation, making a huge comeback in style influencers for spring/summer.
Before you descend into a fashion spiral, let me reassure you that a ballet flat can be just as good as a pair of heels on date night. Brands have elevated the flat shoe way beyond the Miu Miu ankle wrap days (yes, I did indeed have the Zara rip-off), and they can be worn in a multitude of ways.
. In short, while ballet flats never went away, we have the it-girls to thank for making them cool again - Caro Tran, Alva Sperle, Pernille Teisbake. Catch it while you can, because I for one, won’t be taking these off my feet. Keep scrolling to shop all of the Chatty Chums approved options on the market right now!
Tip: Due to the thin soles, it’s not unusual for ballet flats to wear reasonably quickly. Consider taking them to your local cobbler to have sole protectors popped on!
Alva Sperle in Chanel
Miu Miu Satin Ballerinas
It wouldn’t be right to start off a ballet flat list without respecting the queen of all ballet flats, Miuccia Prada herself. Miu Miu has really pioneered the comeback of the ballet fashion trend, so for those who invested years ago, I envy and admire you for being so on point.
This season the pump comes in a range of lusty-worthy shades, including powder blue, red, pink and white. As Miu Miu proved on the runway, they are far more versatile than you think.
My pick is the classic satin, I love how Miu Miu styles them with chunky socks!
Maison Margiela Tabi Flat
Admittedly, these aren’t for everyone. The Tabi style has always divided the fashion industry, but I’ve officially jumped on board. You can shop the Maison Margiela style at Farfetch, Net-A-Porter or Moda Operandi or you can shop the budget-friendly dupe from Etsy that I’ve purchased. It’s the more affordable way to shop into a trend if you’re on the fence. I’ve got the block heel version and can confirm they are more comfortable than they look!
Chanel Calfskin Ballerinas
I think I take back my first statement, Chanel trumps all other ballet flats. If you can get your hands on a pair, even vintage, never ever part with them. The Scandi cool girl has a pair in every bloody colour-way. I’m thinking of mortgaging my non-existent house just to get a pair - specifically the quilted black.
Senso Aubree II
The chain on these flats is the embellishment I didn’t know I needed. Especially when you’re wearing a pair with a skirt or dress, the chain will give your ankle a lot more definition which I love. They’re also more pointed which is a nice difference from most round ballerinas.
Zara Leather Ballerinas
How can we forget the go-to for all designer dupes. Zara’s Ballerina’s are a great price for a classic piece. I don’t doubt that as the season goes on, they will release more colour ways, so keep an eye out on their app.
Mansur Gavriel Square Toe Mary Jane
I love this strappy take! They give a slightly more modern look to the other classic picks on this list. You’re sure to standout and they will no doubt last you a lifetime - it’s a great investment piece!
Charles & Keith Beaded Ankle-Strap Leather Ballerinas
Looking for something a little chunkier? These Charles and Keith flats are the perfect option. They still give you the feminine edge, but the platform and edge will make you stand out. Paired with an awesome two-piece suit would be the perfect look!
Loeffler Randall Leonie Ballet Flat
In my search for the perfect ballet flat, I’m yet to see a brand that can compete with Loeffler Randall’s 15 tonal colourways. Leather, suede, velvet - you can have them in multiple fabrications! Considering they start at $160NZD, they are amazing quality for the price!