It is 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 Repetto'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 The Row, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, 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 pair of ballet flats for everyone.
We took it upon ourselves to source the best ballet flats on the market right now. These 27 styles hail from legacy designers like Prada and Gucci as well as affordable brands like Mango and H&M. No matter your price point, these picks are stylish and timeless enough to wear for years to come.
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