These Classic French Shoes Are Back in Fashion, and I'm Thrilled

Best ballet flats

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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

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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, which come in so many pretty colours. 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 £36, they had to be mine.

Best ballet flats

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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. Since I bought them, I've started to see them crop up in a host of other new-in sections, which means it's only a matter of time before they blow up on the fashion scene. To help you stay a step ahead of the trends, I've done the hard work and found the very best ballet flats for every budget. Turns out that dreams really do come true.

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The elasticated strap makes these ballet flats feel so authentic.

The Mango ballet flats I spoke of earlier come in 2022's hottest shade: tangerine. 

These best sellers are back and are available in orange and black, too. 

Arket has so many directional ballet flats this season. 

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

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

Tan and beige suede finishes are the ideal warm-weather alternative to black leather. 

You know you're onto a winner when The Row is tapping into the very trend you're considering investing in.

These will make every outfit you wear look more polished. 

Those pink & Other Stories ballet flats? They also come in versatile tan. 

Wear these ballet flats with dark denim flares and a Breton-stripe knit. 

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

The bow is detachable, but I can't imagine a scenario where you wouldn't want to wear it. 

Bows are always a feature on classic ballet flats.

They might not be practical, but boy, are these ballet flats special.

I'd wear these pointed ballet flats with cropped trousers for an easy workwear outfit.

Bottega Veneta always delivers on footwear. 

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

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