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.