It comes as no surprise that classic ballet flats have been around for nearly 70 years. The style was inadvertently created by iconic actress and pioneer of "French-girl" style Brigitte Bardot, who requested a pair of shoes as "lightweight and flexible as true ballet slippers" from designer Rose Repetto back in 1956, according to the company's CEO, Jean-Marc Gaucher.
Today, the style remains as enduring as ever. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "trendy" shoes, brands like Bottega Veneta, The Row, Loewe, Reformation, and more have all released new iterations of the timeless style. From croc-effect and snakeskin to classic leather and suede, there's certainly a ballet flat for everyone.
We took it upon ourselves to source the best ballet flats on the market right now. These 15 styles hail from legacy designers like Chanel and Gucci, as well as affordable brands like Mango and H&M. No matter what your price point, these picks are stylish and timeless enough to wear for years to come.