10 Extraordinary ballet flats for a shoe closet overhaul

10 Extraordinary ballet flats for a shoe closet overhaul

Not for dancing

Text: Wei Yeen Loh

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Who says ballet flats are boring shoes haven't seen these funky pairs that we'd love to wear and get on our tippy toes

Ballet flats have been around for decades and are well-known for its saccharine sweet sentiment that completes any outfit that you can think of, be it a girly frock or a boyfriend denim and blazer combo. It also scores extra points for being that comfortable pair of backup shoes you can slip on in case your sky-high stilettos aren't working out for your feet on an evening out.


With a history that dates back to the 16th century, ballet flats' comeback was most memorable when shoe designer Rose Repetto created a pair of said shoes for French icon Brigitte Bardot, and not forgetting Audrey Hepburn's flat outing in Funny Face back in 1957. Fast forward to 2016, no one could have predicted the hype that Miu Miu's leather strap and gingham ribbon ballet flats would get when it debuted last SS16, but it quickly cemented its status as a street style staple right after. So for those who are looking for a flat pump with an edge without eschewing comfort, these seven extraordinary flats below that incorporate all sorts of elements (including ruffles, buckles, and crystal embellishments) might make you want to break into a dance: 

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