Who has spent time and money over the last few years longing for and/or buying heels and shoes that suddenly seem so wrong because the pandemic has changed how we live? I am included in that category–Bottega high-heeled slides, where am I wearing those? (They are going to The Real Real.)
I love this latest round of ballet flats; some like the Khaite and Louboutin shown here have a squared off toe much like ballet dancers’ toe shoes. Having studied to be a classical dancer I have shied away from these before (perhaps too many painful foot memories), but now, with a need for more flats in my wardrobe, I am drawn to them. The Toteme quilted versions are equally nice. None of these are inexpensive, but they are also classics. To be worn with jeans like the image I took here from Linn Hagglund, a Swedish (I believe) stylist who works with Toteme (but is wearing the Khaite shoes? Maybe she works for them too?) If you find the Louboutin sold out in link below, try here and here.
Top: Khaite, $660; Toteme, $560; Christian Louboutin, $595.
Repertoire makes a very nice ballet flat.
Ms. Liz says
So nice to see the ballerina flat is back – although I don’t think it ever left. The ballet flat does look “fresh” to the eye again . I find flats work with so many things these days, especially with our current pandemic lifestyle. Heels just seem too formal and stuffy to wear right now. The ballet flat is a fresh alternative to the sneaker. I am definitely a fan of this shoe for the fall.
I have always worn a good ballet flat. They are a true classic. For my foot Chanel ballet flats fit the best and they do last forever. I can wear them to death and have them resolved at least once if not twice. So while expensive so worth the price.
I did try a pair of Repettos once that had a boxy toe, similar to a point shoe. They just were a little to “costumey” for me. But mostly because I walk turned out like a duck or a ballerina ?. Too many years of dance training.
I used to wear flats exclusively, but after ending up with Achilles’ tendon issues among other problems, my podiatrist recommended an ever-so-slight heel. It seems extremes aren’t good on either end of the spectrum!
Elizabeth Velasquez says
I love ballet flats. Own a few Chanels, which really are perfect, without looking childish. The Row’s Friulane Leather Ballet Flats are really not traditional ballets, but they are extremely comfortable and chic looking. They also make a more traditional looking ballerina.
I love these, and before you started your wardrobe edit project, would’ve undoubtedly ordered a pair. However, they’re not really “me” (although I love on others) and they don’t fit my lifestyle. So a great example of being able to appreciate them without buying. Thanks!