Ballet flats are my ultimate go-to shoe. In fact I pride myself on being somewhat of an expert in regards to the humble ballet flat. I have them in a rainbow of colours and finishes. They suit so many different occasions. For those of us who would prefer not to wear heels, they are a great office wear alternative. They also look fabulous with a pair of jeans or summer dress on the weekend and are comfy to boot (pardon the pun). I always take a pair travelling as an alternative to my sneakers for going out to dinner or wearing on the plane.
There are many different options out there to suit different style personalities, from round toe to pointy toe, with or without ankle strap or tie details. You can also get them in a multitude of finishes including plain leather, patent leather, snakeskin or embossed leather. My personal favourite is the traditional round toe with a bow, in patent or plain leather which I know will always be in style.
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Lets go Shopping!
There are lots of different options out there to suit all budgets. Here are a few of my favourites.
Sambag are my absolute first destination for a classic ballet flat. Whilst they are a little on the expensive side, their shoes are timeless, classic and well made. They have a range of core shapes that they bring out on season on season in different colours and finishes. This is the Tina ballet flat in patent with a bow - which would be a fabulous multi-tasker shoe in any woman's wardrobe. If you were to only buy one pair - this would be my recommendation of the one to get.
Sambag Tina Patent $190.00
Want to design your own ballet flats? You can - at Shoes of Prey... and even better they offer free shipping to most destinations in Australia. Have some fun choosing the shape, strap or no strap, toe type, decorations, bow or no bow, trim, colour and materials. They do offer a range of shoes on their website which you can then customise to suit your exact requirements. The Faleria below would be a great summer neutral to pair back with jeans and dresses.
Shoes of Prey Faleria $224.00
Bloch have been selling dance wear since 1932 including shoes for actual ballerinas, so one can expect they know what they are doing. However, they do also offer a range of fashion shoes which are designed and manufactured using traditional shoe-making techniques grounded in the company's technical expertise and heritage in dance. These roll up ballet flats in a neutral are perfect for travel or to pop in your bag on a night out, to switch out with your heels when your feet get tired or for the walk home. Included is a stylish mesh bag for storage.
Bloch Roll Up Ballet Flat $119.95
style tread are on an online shoe store that offer the convenience of free delivery (over $65) and free no hassle returns. They offer shoes across a range of price points so there really is something for everyone. These affordable I Love Billy shoes in silver with circular punch detailing would be a great little summer flat to have in the wardrobe. Metallic silver is a fun neutral that is bang on trend and the punched out detailing will keep your feet cool on warmer days.
I Love Billy Cosette Silver Smooth $69.95
Jo Mercer offer a range of on trend ballet flats each season. Do keep in mind that they almost always have a promotion going where if you buy two pairs of shoes, you get 50% off the second pair - and who doesn't need a couple of new pairs in their wardrobe. This pretty pair with removable leg tie would be perfect for a summer event.
Wishful Ballet Flats $159.95
Witchery's current SS range is one of the best I have seen from this Australian fashion retailer. They have put together a range of gorgeous pieces in vibrant colours and neutrals in wearable basics and standout statement pieces that I personally can't get enough of. Their clothing range has been well complemented by their accessory collection. This flat with a pointy toe and metallic detailing would be great for the office or to dress up a pair of skinny jeans for a night out.
Witchery Charlotte Flat $139.95