This French-Girl Shoe Trend Is All I Want to Wear This Spring

Ballet flats are less a trend than an icon. Over the years, the dainty shoes have become full-fledged classics. And not just the past few years—Chanel’s version has been popular since 1957 when Audrey Hepburn first wore it on the set of Funny Face. So just a casual 65 years being one of fashion’s most coveted shoes, then. If you were debating whether you’ll get enough wear out of an investment pair, that fact just might help make the decision for you. 

Chanel's iconic ballet flats are so timeless. 

Their popularity is undoubtedly thanks in part to Chanel’s iconic iteration and the effortless French-style connotations that come with it. But it’s also a result of how versatile ballet pumps can be. Dressed up or down, they add a polished finishing touch to any outfit—from a casual T-shirt and cropped jeans to a miniskirt—and I’ll happily claim that a better spring shoe has never existed. As boot season comes to an end, but it’s not quite time to get your toes out in sandals, ballet flats provide the perfect transitional solution. 

As consistently timeless as they are, like any fashion piece, ballet flats have seen their place as the industry’s most coveted spring shoes fluctuate season on season. The last few years, for example, loafers have pipped them from the top spot. But for 2022, the ballet pump is well and truly back in the limelight, having been not only featured on plenty of runways but also reinvigorated by the street style set and influencers alike. 

Lorna wears the Aeydē ballet flats. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m currently in that stage of not having a clue which shoes to wear as I reach the door each morning, so I thought it would be the perfect time to round up the very best spring ballet flats around right now in case you’re in a similar position. I’ve added a mix of iconic investments and more affordable high-street options below. Keep scrolling to shop!

Shop the Best Spring Ballet Flats

These are hands down the most expensive-looking ballet flats on the high street this season. 

They come in orangey-red too, which looks great styled with white jeans and stripes. 

The all-time classic. My tip? Look to Vestiaire for your perfect pair. 

The ankle chain is such a nice, unexpected touch from M&S. 

Another designer-looking pair from Arket. 

The square cut and buttery cream leather on these make them feel very premium. 

A simple nude leather version is a smart investment. 

For a twist, opt for these with cute scalloping detail. 

These would look great with blue denim for summer. 

An elevated version of your average ballet flats. 

If I had to guess, I'd say these were a designer pair.

Another classic investment you'll turn to year after year. 

The closest you'll get to real ballerina shoes. Thanks, Khaite. 

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