Ballet Flats for the Non Ballerina

I’ve always been a fan of ballet flats. Ever since I was a little girl doing my twirls in my tutu I’ve worn ballet shoes. I went from the real ballet shoes with ribbons and all the bells and whistles to the trendy ballet flat that could literally be teamed with any outfit possible.

According to trend watches, wearing ballet flats is back in. To be honest, I don’t think they ever really went out of fashion…but we’re led to believe that they’re even bigger and better than ever – perhaps this is another fashion marketing ploy or perhaps they really did go out of fashion and I didn’t know about it. At the end of the day I’m always going to opt for comfort over heels, especially in the classroom – no student likes to see their teacher wobble about uncomfortably on her heels (well not the nice students anyway).

The mid-noughties were when ballet flats were in their prime. Every girl and her entourage was wearing them. Ballet flats were literally the coolest things that you could’ve been seen wearing on your feet at the time. Obviously there were some style icons who influenced the ballet flat trend even back then – this included one of my favourite style icons, Kate Moss, who religiously wore (and still does) her Repettos out and about. And let’s face it, whatever Kate wears, everyone else will wear very soon after.

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A staple in Kate Moss’ wardrobe, the ballet flat shoe is a winning look for any outfit, day or night!

The Primose Hill uniform back in the day always included a pair of classic looking ballet flats in black leather, which of course were decorated with those delicate tiny bows. Back then, ballerinas were part of Kate Moss’ signature look, so it’s no surprise they soon became a wardrobe classic.

Oh, and let’s not forget that they’re possibly the most practical and comfortable everyday shoe for women – bah, forget heels, who needs them when you’ve got a cute pair of ballerinas?

So, if you’re like me, and you’ve been fighting blisters and swollen feet from uncomfortable heels, you’ll be happy to hear that the humble ballerina shoe has made a triumphant return.

So why the revival?

Spearheaded by Miuccia Prada, whose super cute ballerina shoes are adorned with feminine gingham ribbons and other cool features, ballet shoes are now ubiquitous once again. Yes, that’s right, ballet shoes have been catapulted back into the limelight and they were all over the SS17 catwalks.

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Miu Miu’s ballet slipper adorned with buckles and gingham shone a new light onto the everyday classic ballet shoe.

If you think you’re going to get away with plain ballet shoes this season, think again. It’s all about the bling. The coolest ballet flats available have tonnes of personality and sass – think glitter, sequins, ribbons, Velcro, buckles, feathers and more…

There’s only one word to describe the SS17 ballet flat, and that’s – flamboyant!

I’m super excited about ballet shoes being ‘in’ again! It means there’s going to definitely be more of a variety, and I do love a good pair of shoes or two, or ten! Okay, there’s no limit when it comes to having shoes – they can change your life, Cinderella’s proof of this!

Forget that prissy prim and proper look. Don’t dress as if you’re going home to meet his parents for the first time – it’s all about rocking them with attitude. I’m on the look out for some new SS17 ballerinas, and I’ll be teaming them with rolled up ripped boyfriend jeans and anything else that gives them a bit more of an edge!

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These Jewel Satin Ballerinas by Uterque have minimal bling to make an understated look with your shoe.
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Rock that edgy look with these cool studded Zara ballet flats in black.
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Fit for a princess, these faux pearl and crystal Miu Miu ballet flats will set you back a cool £525.
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I’m in serious lust with these sweet denim bejeweled ballet flats from Top Shop. The price isn’t bad either at £35.
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Zara has the answer to everything when it comes to the classic looking ballerina shoe for the office. The velvet material’s pretty cool too!
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Be a lady in red with these classic looking Top Shop KUTE ankle tie flats with a twist.
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Add a bit of sparkle to your day with these glittery tie up Tabitha Simmons Daria ballet flats.
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The Nappa Ballerina by Uterque in peach will bring a preppy look to life.
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Buckles, velvet and ribbons oh my – Miu Miu’s SS17 ballet shoes are very rock n roll y’all!
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Of course a pair of Gucci Dionysus ballet flats are going to exude tonnes of personality.
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A fashion-forward work shoe for the modern day woman, these & Other Stories buckled leather ballerinas are a twist on the ballet shoe classic.

 

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