People in Paris Are Wearing These Classic Flats With All Their Autumn Outfits

Best ballet flats: @juliesfi wears a pair of blue jeans with a light grey cardigan



I have this recurring dream where I'm twirling around the streets of Paris at twilight, wearing a tulle Dior dress and sporting a beret in the deepest shade of noir, all the while carrying a baguette (bag or bread, either would suffice) in the crook of my arm. Of course, you can't twirl effectively in spindly stilettos, so my footwear of choice is another French-girl staple: ballet flats. Naturally, I wake to discover I'm not in Paris, that the Dior dress was merely on subconscious loan and, to my dismay, there's not a baguette ready to be devoured. However, much like Cinderella, I do have a pair of ballet flats that help me live out my Parisian fantasy in real life.

Best ballet flats: @vikilefevre wears a pair of ballet flats



Back when I first moved to London, I wore ballet flats on repeat. My job as a fashion intern required me to hotfoot it to designer shops at a moment's notice to pick up clothing for shoots, which would inevitably need to be swiftly returned. Ballet flats allowed me to dash around the city at high speed while ensuring I looked as presentable as a sweaty 21-year-old could. However, just last week, I was shopping in Mango when I came across the perfect pair of ballet flats. It felt as if it was 2011 all over again. I slipped them on and instantly felt the comfort and Gallic charm. At a mere £46, they had to be mine.

Best ballet flats: @sylviemus_ wears a pair of taupe ballet flats



As the week went on, I realised they went with everything I paired them with: statement skirts, tapered trousers, distressed denim, bright dresses, checks and velvet, to name a few. And I'm not the only one who's clocked on to their versatility. Now that temperatures are cooling, it seems everyone in the fashion world has picked up a pair, including Parisians who are now wearing them in place of sandals. If you haven't yet invested, I've done the hard work for you and found the very best ballet flats for every budget. Turns out that dreams really do come true.

Shop My Edit of the Best Ballet Flats:

This classic pair proves it's all in the details; I just love the square toe.

You'll pull this simple version out time and time again.

This pair will slot seamlessly into your autumn palette.

Rhinestone-adorned shoes are big right now. 

The pink iteration has inspired me to add more colour to my shoe-drobe.

The only thing that can improve a pair of black ballet flats? Pearl embellishment. 

You know you're onto a winner when & Other Stories is tapping into the very trend you're considering investing in.

A shoe shape that'll go with everything you style it with. 

Arket has so many directional ballet flats this season. 

I have a feeling that these new-in Zara flats won't hang around for long...

The tie details accentuate the classic ballet bow. 

Mary Jane style ballet flats are big right now. 

Metallic finishes are ideal for incorporating into evening looks.

The buckle details are a nice touch. 

Nude shoes will look dreamy paired with cream trousers and dresses. 

Bows are always a feature on classic ballet flats.

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Opening Image: @juliesfi

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.