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Ballet Flats Are Back & Here Are The 10 Best Pairs for 2024

Anyone else remember how every single fashion Youtuber out there used to put ballet flats in their anti-trend round-ups three, or four years ago? Well, time has proven them wrong! In fact, the same people are now raving about the hottest ballet flats of the season – the mesh flats from Alaïa. Funny, isn’t it, how they changed their opinions so quickly? It goes to show that you should never trust an influencer. And especially when they talk anti-trends.

But if seriously, the ballet flats have never really been an anti-trend. Quite the opposite, actually: this is the shoe style that has always been in fashion. I mean, what do you wear when a sneaker is too casual, but the heel is too much? Right, a ballet flat! Though I have to admit that all-leather versions can sometimes feel a bit too plain, which I think is also the main reason why the influencers were never big fans. But well, that has since changed! And that’s mostly thanks to Miu Miu, who returned the ballet flats back into the spotlight by launching their viral Satin Ballerinas for Fall 2022.

Tracing back to the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection which featured a really similar pair adorned with chunky straps across the top and ribbons that criss-crossed around the wearer’s ankles, the new edition of the shoe has right away taken the fashion world by storm, after being styled with chunky ribbed socks and super-short skirts on Miu Miu’s runway. I guess no fashion girl can resist a really cute look! Hence, why a lot of brands have since followed suit by releasing their own takes on the ballet flat. See for yourself, as I bring you the edit of the 10 best designer ballet flats in 2024.

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1. Miu Miu Ballerinas

Miu Miu Leather Ballerina Flats
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So, starting up with the pair that’s largely responsible for the current ballet flat trend – the Miu Miu Ballerinas. Now available in a wide array of materials and colors, incl. pretty pastels and classic shades of beige and black. Style yours with thick knitted socks, just like on the Miu Miu’s runway!

2. Alaïa Mesh Ballet Flats

Alaia Mesh Ballet Flats
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Spotted by now on nearly every fashion influencer in the world, Alaïa’s Mesh Ballet Flats are without any question, “the coolest shoe of the season”. And it’s really easy to see why, as the shoe is pretty much made entirely of mesh, with the modest amount of glossy leather reinforcing the design.

3. Chanel Classic Ballet Flats

Chanel Classic Ballet Flats
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Is there any pair of designer ballet flats out there that’s arguably more recognizable than Chanel’s Classic Ballet Flats? I seriously doubt so! Introduced by the brand in 1984, with none other than Karl Lagerfeld behind the iconic design, these ultra-chic shoes have since become a staple for Chanel, released season after season in new materials and colorways.

4. Valentino Rockstud Mary Jane Flats

Valentino Rockstud Mary Jane Flats
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Valentino further expands their signature Rockstud range with the introduction of the chic Mary Jane ballet flat. Quite frankly, with the Rockstud treatment, the Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flat feels like an entirely new shoe, distinguished by a rounded toe and slim straps that cross over at the ankle.

5. Jimmy Choo Elme Ballet Flats

Jimmy Choo Elme Ballet Flats
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Made from soft leather and decorated with a delicate bow detail adorned with faux pearls and crystals, the Jimmy Choo Elme Ballet Flats are as glamorous and they are undeniably chic. Also arriving in a wide array of stunning colors, incl. rose and off-white.

6. Maison Margiela Tabi Leather Ballet Flats

Maison Margiela Tabi Leather Ballet Flats
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Instantly recognizable by their unique split-toe, the Maison Margiela Tabi Leather Ballet flats perfectly capture the designer’s avant-garde spirit. Style your pair with everything from tailored pants to midi skirts. But be warned – these flats won’t leave you unnoticed! Much like any other shoe from Maison Margiela’s Tabi range.

7. Khaite Marcy Crystal-embellished Mesh Ballet Flats

Khaite Marcy Crystal-embellished Mesh Ballet Flats
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A signature style for Khaite – the Marcy Ballet Flat now comes in a version with sophisticated crystal embellishments embedded in the mesh fabric. I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling these are the next it-shoe. And especially when considering the recent surge in Khaite’s popularity.

8. Toteme The Asymmetric Ballerina Leather Flats

Toteme The Asymmetric Ballerina Leather Flats
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If you’ve checked out my roundup of the top fashion trends for SS24, you know that pointed-toe flats are all the rage right now. And if you’re looking to add a pair to your collection, definitely consider checking out The Asymmetric Ballerina Leather Flats from Toteme. Crafted from supple leather with elongated pointed toes, this is a timeless style that you’ll turn to for years to come.

9. The Row Elastic Leather Ballet Flats

The Row Elastic Leather Ballet Flats
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Just like everything else from The Row, the Elastic Ballet Flats prioritize simplicity and craftsmanship. Actually, this style, in particular, was designed to look just like the classic ballet slipper, which is distinguished by a rounded toe and elastic straps across the top. The Row’s Elastic Ballet Flats also arrive in several classic colors, incl. black and ecru.

10. Christian Louboutin Mamadrague Leather Ballet Flats

Christian Louboutin Mamadrague Leather Ballet Flats
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No designer shoe roundup feels complete without a pair from Christian Louboutin. But the brand’s Manadrague Leather Ballet Flats also truly deserve to be on this list, being made from supple leather using a sacchetto technique that allows the shoe to adapt to the natural curve of your feet.

Which pair from the edit is your favorite? Leave your favorite designer ballet flats in the comments below!

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