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The Tales of Ballet Flats!

To start it off, they aren’t just for dancers!

Ballet flats, also called ballerina flats, dolly shoes, skimmers and flats, are a type of ballerina-inspired shoes. It isn’t a surprise that ballet flats originated amongst ballerinas (obviously!).

Ballet flats were once the go-to comfy shoe style before being overshadowed by the sneaker. Post Spring Summer 2016, fashion lovers have once again embraced this style. We, at Shoexpress, consider ballet flats a mandatory wardrobe staple. Read on to find out why!

These timeless styles are a perfect blend of comfort and chic. They work well for any work-day or for a fun party night. Try experimenting with vivid colours and textures, and you could make heads turn with your shoes!

Now, let’s browse through a few facts about these fashion classics!


  • The ballet flat is a style recycled (for good) from centuries past. It dates all the way back to the 16th century.  
  • At first, this shoe was constructed with a heel and it wasn’t until the 18th century that the heel was suddenly removed and the flat ballet style that we recognise today was designed.
  • In 1956, the ballet flats took flight when Bridget Bardot requested a shoe with a durable sole for her role in the film ‘And God Created Woman’. The calfskin shoe with its signature front tie has since become the iconic chic French style.

  • In 1957, they returned after Audrey Hepburn donned a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans in the film, ‘Funny Face.’ The trend spread like a wildfire after this… and the rest is history (quite literally)!

Today, we see brands putting their own modern twists on such a classic style, ensuring the longevity of this trend. Ballet flats are the best option if you're seeking elegance and want an excuse to skip the heels, maybe for a day or two