The History of Ballet Flats

The History of Ballet Flats

If there was one footwear style that has stood the test of time, it would have to be the ballet flat! Have you ever wondered why these cute and comfortable shoes are called ‘ballet’ flats? Well, ever since the first live ballet show was performed in Paree for the royal court of Catherine di Medici (nearly 500 years ago), a trend was born! Not only for the love of Ballet dance, but eventually for the elegant dancer’s slippers too! After all, they do provide comfort like no other by flexing with your foot so you can embrace your inner dancer and happily waltz through all your outings. Keep reading to learn the evolution of the ballet slipper from the feet of Ballerinas in Paris to wardrobes across the world.

10 September 2020

Where It All Began

Where It All Began

There is something about throwing on Ballet flats and feeling like you have an extra spring in your step! It's safe to say that the ballet flat has become a wardrobe staple because of the comfortable and lightweight nature of the design. But believe it or not, the first ballet slippers sported by ballerineas were actually heeled! Back in the 16th and 17th century, it was more about the elaborate fashion of ballet and less about function for the women behind the extraordinary movement. 

That was at least until a popular French ballerina "La Camargo" executed the entrechat quatre technique with finesse in flat shoes, thereby inspiring the elimination of heels for all ballerinas. This allowed the realm of technique to reach new heights, which only enhanced the drama of ballet, and we still think the flat ballet slippers are just as beautiful.

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The Trend Is Born

The Trend Is Born

Decades later, designers and celebrities such as Claire McCardell and Bridget Bardot began to popularize the ballet slipper and transform it to a chic, everyday fashion essential that we know and love today. Bridget Bardot set the challenge to create a shoe as flexible as ballet slippers but softer and more comfortable to well known French footwear designer Rose Repetto and voila! The first ballet slipper of its kind was born. Celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana and more were soon to add the shoe to their style empire.

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Ballet Flats Today

Ballet Flats Today

The modern day ballet flat takes all the amazing features of a traditional ballet shoe to create a soft leather shoe that hugs the shape of your foot perfectly, and padded flexible soles that move with you and offer a soft cushion to your feet. With this elegant silhouette and easy to wear nature, it's no wonder ballet flats have become one of the most popular shoes for everyday wear. For our #reviewgirls, we have designed them in bright suede and leather colours to complement pretty frocks or pop with workwear. We even released a sparkle version for those moments where you want to add some extra pizazz!
 
Styling your ballet flats and looking "Parisian chic" is easy, whether you're going on shopping sprees, catching up with friends for coffee or walking to work. Pair your ballet flats with shift dresses, belted shirt-dresses and crisp cropped pants for the perfect springtime look. Balance the practicality of the shoe and its classic, lean silhouette with amped up accessories like statement necklaces, bold belts or bright tights to add instant wow factor.
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Unlock unlimited outfit potential by adding a pair of ballet flats to your wardrobe!

Unlock unlimited outfit potential by adding a pair of ballet flats to your wardrobe!

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