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

Maxine Eggenberger
·2-min read

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 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.

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 scoot 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 a pair of ballet shoes complete with a small block heel. 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 £30, I had to have them.

As the week went on, I realised they went with everything I paired them with. Statement skirts, tapered trousers, distressed denim, bright dresses, checks, velvet… Since I've bought a pair, I've started to see them crop up in a host of other new-in sections, which means its 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.

Shop my ballet flat edit

Cos Pointed Leather Ballet Flats (£99)

Aeyde Gina Leather Ballet Flats (£225)

Marks and Spencer Collection Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)

H&M Pointed Ballet Pumps (£40)

Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Flats (£535)

Arket Scrunched Suede Ballerinas (£135)

Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Flats (£495)

Marks and Spencer Collection Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)

Mango Leather Ballerina (£36)

Gucci Deva Horsebit and chain-embellished leather flats (£610)

Mango Animal-Print Leather Shoes (£60)

Marni Dancer Bi-Colour Leather Ballet Flats (£480)

Arket Scrunched Leather Ballerinas (£135)

Loeffler Randall Georgie Leather Ballet Flats (£195)

H&M Pointed Ballet Pumps (£40)

Mango Leather Ballerina (£36)

Chloé Lauren Scallop-Edge Leather Flats (£345)

Mango Pointed Toe Flat Shoes (£60)

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Point-Toe Flats (£845)

Cos Square Toe Leather Ballerina Shoes (£99)

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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