Steady there, sister! A ballet flat (along with a good sense of humor) can help you remain balanced on the tightrope of life—no matter how wobbly it may feel at times.
Ballet flats have been popular since the 16th century. Inspired by the ballerina slipper, the ballet flat is intentionally comfortable and stable. Ballet dancers are known for their balance and grace, qualities the shoe embodies. Ballet flats were worn in medieval times by both men and women but went out of fashion with the popularization of the heel in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Audrey Hepburn made ballet flats vogue again when she paired them with cigarette pants in the 1950s. Since then, this versatile shoe has become a staple in women’s closets. They’re less formal and more comfortable than heels, yet chic enough to wear with a dress or suit—what could be better?