We’ve seen it everywhere – the trends from the naughties are back! Whilst some of them are are a bit of a harder pill to swallow (low rise micro skirts, anyone?), the beloved ballet flat is a winner. It’s cute, comfortable and practical. Even better this time around is the fact that they’ve been altered and improved upon with so many options style wise. What’s not to love?! Ballet flats are the perfect transitional shoes to take us from summer into autumn and if you invest in a good quality pair, you may be able to keep them in your wardrobe for the next time they come into fashion in the next 20 years from now. Keep reading for my list of the best ballet flats for 2022. All images will be linked to the website.
A list of ballet flats must start with something by the renowned Pretty Ballerinas and I would never forgive myself if I didn’t introduce you to the Rosario in these gorgeous two toned suedes with the stunning cord bow detail that looks like it’s been taking straight from the interior of a grand palace. It’s a stunning, quirky spin on the classic ballerina. It also has a rubber sole. What’s not to love?
Tell me you wish you were a French girl without telling me you wish you were a French girl and live your best romanticised life in these patent leather, red ballet flats by Repetto. They’re adorable, but beware the leather sole on damp days. I’d save these for dry weather only. N.B. If red isn’t your vibe – they have a pretty substantial range of colours to choose from so its definitely worth having a look.
These Flower ballet flats are so stinking cute I can’t cope. For the gal who loves her shoes to be a conversation starter, it would be a crime to bypass these. Made from soft Napa leather with hand-moulded mismatched flowers, I mean just look at them. Made for the dry days as they have a leather sole, but totally worth it as you’ll want to rock them again come spring. I can see them now with a gorgeous flow maxi dress and a blazer, and, in my opinion, green is a neutral.
The legends at Mansur Gavriel are some of the best at making your basics just not very basic. Like an adventurous basic. This shoe is taking the concept of ballet flats almost into a dance studio with that perfect ballet pink colour but then the square toe gives it a modern and grown-up edge. She’s going to look perfect with your midi skirts and will still be on rotation come spring/summer. The best part is she’s on sale right now but get in quick! I have a feeling these won’t last long.
I’ve seen these all over Instagram for a while and honestly, I think after writing this post I’m going to bite the bullet and buy myself a pair. Meet the Margot 2.0 knitted ballet flats. You read that right – knitted. A shoe that is basically going to feel like you’re wearing socks. Your feet will be happily breathing all day long. They’ve thought of absolutely everything – heel padding to avoid blisters, arch support, 4 way stretch so they’ll fit all widths, machine washable, and made from recycled materials and the list goes on.
When you want luxury, handmade, Italian leather shoes but don’t want to a)pay the same price tag, b)wear what everyone else is wearing and c) purchase with the confidence that you’re going to be comfortable, you have to go to Sarah Flint. The Sachetto ballet flat is perfectly elegant, yet subtly different and quirky enough to be interesting. The colour ways available is impressive. My favourite has got to be the gold with the shimmer textile toe. It looks like a formal ballet flat if such a thing exists. A ballet flat you could easily get away with wearing to a wedding and smugly dance the night away in absolute comfort as they have memory foam padding with an extra 3mm in the footbed. They also have a leather sole but with rubber over the forepart to increase durability. The newest addition to the colour ways is this stunningly autumnal Glen Check. I saw Sarah Flint style it herself with a plain white dress and a brown belt and now I need it. Score $50 off your first Sarah Flint purchase with the code SARAHFLINT-BANIKKILASKA at the checkout.
I need to convince my husband that we need to renew our wedding vows right away so that I can buy these gorgeous Ada flats to wear to the ceremony, then continue wearing everyday after dressed right down with jeans. They are so feminine with faux pearl Mary-Jane strap over the cutest fishnet detailed shoe. It’s giving all the elegant, vintage vibes in a modern setting and I’m here for it.
So which shoes would you choose? Or do you already own any of these beauties? Drop your comment below – you never know when it might help someone make the right choice. As always, happy shopping.