3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Ballet Flat and VOGUE’s List of “Ballet Inspired Shoes to Indulge Your Inner Romantic”


Many dancers wear styles and clothes we take class, rehearse and perform in as everyday wear, indulging in our inner-dancer outside of the studio. Leggings and off the shoulder sweaters, a pair of cozy leg warmers over boots and skinny jeans or those long flowing dresses made of chiffon and lace, easily fit the bill.

As much as we dancers have inspired everyday wear, we can’t forget the influence our Ballet shoe has had on women’s footwear, especially on the basic, must-have item in every lady’s closet; the ballet flat! A shoe worn by both dancers and non-dancers with style!

Black Ballet Flats

Ballet-inspired shoes, especially the ballet flat, can be found in its earliest designs from CoCo Chanel in the days of Josephine Baker to today with the simple and chic popularity of Layla-Joy, Tory Burch’s ballet flats and most recently Christian Louboutin’s ‘Nudes’ collection that includes ballet flats in shades for a variety of skintones – flats with ribbon and wedges and platforms with ribbon, wrapping endlessly up the ankle and shin. These ballet-inspired shoes, are the way to go. If I weren’t a dancer, I would still wear a comfy ballet flat and still own a million pair!

So, how do we choose the perfect ballet-inspired shoe, especially the ballet flat? Here are three great tips to dancing home in a new pair of shoes:

  1. Not too-narrow in the middle – Choose shoes that are not too narrow in the middle to avoid bulging on both the outside and inside of the shoe while walking or pulling too tight across the top of the foot with bands or fabric coming from each side. Additionally, you want support for your feet and the more even width the middle of the shoe is to the front and back of the shoe, the more stability the shoe provides.
  2. Only bendable from the middle to the front – Choose shoes that only bend up to one-third (the front) of the shoe unless it’s a traveling ballet such as Tory Burch’s traveling Revas which bend at the halfway point of the shoe for easy folding and stowing. The rear two-thirds or half of the shoe should be strong and difficult to bend. This indicates sole and heel support.
  3. Spine of the shoe should not move – holding the shoe in one hand, press against the spine of the shoe squeezing both the right and left side of the spine which should not move. This indicates the stability and strength of the shoe and support for the heel.
Christian Louboutin’s ‘Nudes’ collection that includes ballet flats in shades for a variety of skintones courtesy: fashion journal

Christian Louboutin’s ‘Nudes’ collection that includes ballet flats in shades for a variety of skintones. Courtesy: fashion journal

As seen this week in VOGUE, Liana Satenstein, writer and Brooke Ely Danielson, editor, list gorgeous ballet-inspired flats to what they say will indulge your inner romantic! From style and aesthetic, to where you can find these creatively designed shoes, here is what VOGUE has to say:

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You can read the full article here

About Yauri Dalencour

Yauri is a professional dancer, dance archivist and educator. She has run an arts education consultancy she founded almost ten years ago and is now head of product and brand ambassador at Dancetime Publications. Yauri’s forte as a dance journalist is writing short insightful and reflective posts as well as featured articles featuring guests and experts.

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