After seasons of showy shoes—think larger-than-life dad sneakers, bold grandma sandals, and lively cowboy boots—how refreshing does a pair of simple, pared-back ballet flats sound? A breath of sartorial fresh air! We couldn’t be happier that the plain flat pumps are back on the scene this upcoming season. A favorite of the French (as well as Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Alexa Chung) the so-called "boring” shoe made its mark on the F/W 19 runways, with Bottega Veneta leading the way with its uncomplicated, super-soft, and über-luxurious high-vamp leather ballet flats.
There are plenty of chic options on the market right now that cater to every budget, from a sophisticated $50 Mango pair to timeless designer options from Chanel and The Row. The benefit of their timeless simplicity is that they work with every item in your closet—from jeans to midi dresses—and they’re guaranteed to add a touch of modern-day elegance to your everyday outfit.
Scroll below to shop some of the best out there which prove you don’t need showy shoes to make a statement this season.
A timeless classic and a favorite among the fashion set, the CC Cap Chanel ballet flats will never (we repeat: never) go out of style.
We were head over heels when we laid our eyes on the simple yet striking monogrammed ballerinas in practically every color at the F/W 19 Mansur Gavriel presentation. Opt to get yours personalized.
Aeydē's ballet flats have a modern twist with their square toe (a big trend this season) and feel super luxe. We're adding these to our cart ASAP.
Affordable, comfortable, and effortless, Everlane's Day Glove ballet flats fit, of course, like a glove and remain an Insta hit.
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The slender, high-cut vamp and looped detail at the back make these buttery Italian-leather flats anything but boring.
These also come in versatile black and are perfect for the office.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.