The ballet flat is a perennially chic favorite of many stylesetters, but lately, we’ve spied celebs like Jessica Alba, Emmy Rossum, and Rihanna wearing versions of the shoe upgraded with one simple yet significant detail: a delicate ankle strap. What does this new element add to the everyday flat? It elevates the piece entirely, giving it more poise so you can wear it from work to cocktails.
The New Ballet Flat You Can Wear From Work to Play
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Click through our slideshow to see how several tastemakers have been wearing this ladylike accessory while out and about. Plus don’t forget to shop our favorites, ranging from elegant, pointy-toe flats to more playful, round-toe renditions.
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Thanks to a bold animal print and metallic cap-toe, Mia’s Ashley Flats ($59) in Leopard are surefire stunners, so allow them to pop against a minimalistic outfit in muted hues.
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Christian Louboutin’s Mrs. H Flats ($645) are as covetable as the label’s noteworthy high heels. These brightly colored beauties would look ultra-girly with a circle skirt and ruffled blouse.
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Chloé’s Adelin Metallic Leather Sling-Back Ballerinas ($628) are versatile enough to wear with anything from skinny jeans to a shift dress and their gold sheen will add instant glamour to an outfit.
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Add a little texture to a streamlined look, such as a crisp white button-down and jeans, with Sigerson Morrison’s snake-embossed Pointed Toe Mary Jane Flats ($395).
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Leave it to Alexander Wang to design ankle-strap flats with a touch of edge. His luxe Elsa Ankle Cuff Flats ($525) are the perfect accompaniment to a sharp blazer and tailored shorts.
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Pixie Market’s Pointy Ankle Straps ($68) are a step up from your basic black flats. Style them with a silky shell and tailored, cropped trousers for an office-appropriate look.
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Delia’s studded Madison Ankle Strap Flats ($25) in Black give your look a little rock ‘n’ roll flair. Wear them as an alternative to heels for a night out on the town.
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To add a dose of eclectic charm to your outfit, we suggest Pierre Hardy’s polka-dot Ballet Flats ($438) with your favorite cutoffs and graphic t-shirt.
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Play up the feminine palette and shape of Dolce Vita’s Gav Ankle Strap Flats ($149) by teaming them with a pleated skirt and lightweight knit.
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Tap into the season’s graphic trend with Jeffrey Campbell’s Monochrome Lovins Flats ($119). If you’re extra bold, slip these on with a striped dress for an eye-catching effect.