4 Reasons Fashion Girls Are Wearing Ballet Flats Again

Remember when ballet flats were the go-to comfy shoe style before becoming overshadowed by the sneaker and mule trends that stole everyone's attention away? Well, it seems that fashion girls are once again embracing this classic shoe style, which is good news for those of us seeking a more feminine flats option. And the timing couldn't be better. We find ballet flats to be a fresh alternative to sandals when you're seeking a bit more polish and elegance in the warmer months, à la Audrey Hepburn in the South of France.

To find out which fashion girls are once again embracing ballet flats and why, and to shop our current favorites, keep scrolling!


Reason 1: Polish
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On Emma Roberts: Blooming Dreamer Feminist Ringer Tee ($117); AG jeans; Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats ($495).

Even workout clothes are made chic by swapping out sneakers for ballet flats. They're perfect for when you're seeking a feminine touch.


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On Alexa Chung: Mark Cross bag; Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats ($495).


Reason 2: Miu Miu and the Ballerina Trend
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On Chiara Ferragni: Chanel bag; Miu Miu Ballerinas ($620).

As soon as Miu Miu released its unique ballet flats for S/S 16, they became the most lusted-after shoes of the past fashion month, leading to a resurgence of the style among other brands. Fittingly, ballet-inspired looks in general are having a moment. 


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On Pernille Teisbaek: Acne Studios Adone Belt ($360); Miu Miu Ballerinas ($620).


Reason 3: The French-Girl Effect
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On Miranda Kerr: Ray-Ban Round Classic Sunglasses ($150); Equipment Oscar Sweater ($320); Citizens of Humanity Rocket Skinny Jeans ($188); Chanel flats. 

No other shoe channels French-girl style better than ballet flats. Fact. 


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Who: Allison Williams 


Reason 4: Comfort
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On Leandra Medine: Madewell bandana; 3x1 shirt; Levi's jeans; Josefinas Safari Ballet Flats ($179).

The biggest shoe trend of 2016 thus far is undoubtedly comfort, plain and simple. 


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On Alexa Chung: Ragdoll LA sweater; Alexa Chung x AG Kety Corduroy Skirt ($147).

Shop our ballet-flat picks:

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.