I have loved ballet flats for a long time, so I found myself recently pondering how did ballet flats become a shoe of choice for elegant women of all ages? My research first led me to this article THE HISTORY OF BALLET FLATS which was penned in October 2019, less than a year ago. It takes us way back to the 16th Century for original origins, which, to no surprise begins with ballet.
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But, it was Audrey Hepburn in her the movie Funny Face in 1957 which set the trend on fire for women of elegance. She wore them with cigarette pants and it became a signature look for her.
She became one of the first “brand ambassadors” and it was natural, because her initial dream had been to become a prima ballerina. I learned this from the memoir written by her son, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer. Funny Face was the movie where she was able to connect with that love of dance with one of the best, Fred Astaire.
According to the first article above, Brigitte Bardot was also a key part of the success. “In 1947, Rose Repetto hand stitched her first ballet flat for her son, famous dancer and choreographer, Roland Petit.
Once actress Brigitte Bardot donned a pair of Repetto’s flats, variations of ballet flats became wildly popular and returned as a fashion trend. They are also often referred to as ballet pumps or ballet sneakers and designed for outdoor wear, using a variety of fabrics and usually with a rubber sole.”
My Go-To Shoe
Ever since I decided to say goodbye to heels, I have worn ballet flats as my go-to shoes. Of course, I wear other styles of flats, but I prefer and tend to live in my ballet flats. I love to see elegant women wearing them with dresses or short pants. I find that type of look (for me anyway) more elegant than heels.
Ines de la Fressange wrote in Parisian Chic that ballet flats are worn by women in France for every occasion. “Gold for day and black suede for evening is always elegant. With pants or dresses – everything goes! If you had to choose just one pair of shoes, these would be the ones!” Now that is quite a statement by a Parisian woman of elegance!
And, to make them even more fun, they are now available in all colors and designs. I have actually worn out a couple of black ballet flats over the years, but I also love to wear the fun ones …such as the snake, leopard, and rose metallic flats I have shown here. I also own a pair with sparkle.
At the moment, the brands I am wearing most are Rockport, Vionic, and Clarks. I did wear out one pair of Sam Edleman that I loved, but since then I feel I need more of the support offed by comfort brands.
Should be no surprise that my slideshow today is composed of ballet flats! There are so many fun ones on sale and available right now. I hope you enjoy it.
Also, Naturalizer is having a sale through July 30. You can save $10 off a $75 purchase with the code SAVE10NAT. Here are some fun choices: (I have my eye on those black and brown sneakers!)
I was blessed to receive so many beautiful flowers for my birthday, that I wanted to share the arrangements with you for the rest of the week. These were sent from my youngest son and his girlfriend…they are gorgeous. I just love having so many fresh flowers around the house right now.
So, what is your favorite flat to wear…I know this is sandal weather, but overall what is your go-to shoe? Would love to hear and, of course,
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