These ballet flats deserve a place in your summer shoe wardrobe

The celeb approved shoes of the summer

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Last summer saw the return of a footwear trend we never quite expected. Gone were the power platforms and court heels and instead celebrities and fashion insiders alike ditched heels in favour of a more easy-wearing everyday flat, the ballet flat.

What started as a smattering of satin covered styles courtesy of Miu Miu soon spread, into a wash of ballet flats in all fabrics, finishes and styles. Now, for Spring/Summer 2024, as the ballet flat fully takes hold as the shoe to seen in, we thought it was time to take another look at this season's must have shoe, from the best styles to shop right now as well as who's been wearing them.

If you're wondering what style of ballet flat to invest in for the new season there are plenty of places to look to for inspiration. On the Spring/Summer 2024 catwalks at Simone Rocha and Versace metallic styles stole the show while, at Loewe and Alaia, it was all about embellishment.

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Off the catwalks, ballet flats have been the shoe of choice for celebs and street stylers alike too. Recently, Elsa Hosk has taken to instagram in more styles than we can count from Chanel's classic toe cap style to Alaia's crystal flats while Dua Lipa and Kourtney Kardashian have both been spotted in Alaia's mesh fishnet style as of late. For the fashion minimalists, Hailey Bieber is your girl, as she's been wearing Miu Miu's satin style on more than one occasion.

While ballet flats have been around for some time (remember that real moment from the early 2000s) the shoe has experienced a real resurgence this year, having gained a newfound cool factor thanks to Hailey's fave from Italian fashion house, Miu Miu. Originally released as a part of their Autumn/Winter 2022 collection, the shoes were seen in delicate shades of pale pink and white with Miu Miu's instantly recognizable logo stitched across the top.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Miu Miu reimagined the humble ballet flat. Back in 2016, the brand released another series of incredibly popular ballet pumps. At the time, the label added buckles and gingham ribbons to the style, toughening up the overall feel of the shoe.

So, as I'm sure you don't need anymore convincing on why ballet pumps are the it-shoe of the summer, it's time to get shopping. As we've already proved, this season the ballet flat is incredibly versatile, not only coming in classic balletcore iterations but also tougher buckle styles and all deserve a space in your wardrobe. So, we have scoured the web to bring you the best pairs worth buying right now no matter your style. Keep scrolling to shop the best ballet flats around.

The best leather ballet flats

The best mesh ballet flats

The best embellished ballet flats

The best white ballet flats

The best metallic ballet flats

The best satin ballet flats

Zoe Anastasiou
Fashion Editor

Zoe Anastasiou is a Fashion Editor with over eight years of experience working across digital publications in New York, London and Australia. She has contributed to publications including Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE Australia, and was the Fashion and Social Media Editor at Who What Wear UK before joining Marie Claire. 

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