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Ballerina slippers are flat, simple shoes. They are descendants from the footwear worn by ballet dancers since the 18th century, hence the name “ballerina” or ballet flats. In Spain there is a similar version called “manoletinas,” a nod to the shoes made famous by bullfighter Manolete, which are still the norm in the arena.
Brigitte Bardot wore this kind of shoes practically all the time. She favored flats designed by Rose Repetto, are still available for US$ 200.
Thanks to Tory Burch, young people walk the world’s most fashionable streets in comfortable flats adorned with the designer’s golden logo. Reasonably priced at US$ 190, style has never been more accessible.
Spanish brand Pretty Ballerinas’ Upper East Side boutique has become a must for many women. From US$ 225 they come in all shapes, colors and textures. They are perfect for walking down Manhattan without sacrificing style.
The most stylish women in the world trust their feet to Lanvin. The French fashion house has reached record sales with the shoe, which starts at US$ 445 and features an elastic edge and unmistakable toe.
Jimmy Choo has an entire line of ballerina flats with prices that range from US$ 400 to US$ 700. The brand’s trendsetting reputation is a reminder that the shoe has not gone out of fashion.
Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Chloe, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Prada, MiuMiu, Marni, Burberry, Fendi, Valentino, Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nicholas Kirkwood, Maloles Antignac, Dior… The list of designers with a collection of ballerina flats is endless. If they bare the signature of Manolo Blahnik, they can cost up to $1000. If they are Christian Louboutin’s, the price starts at $700.
But we are all indebted to Coco Chanel, who turned the shoe into a classic. In 1957, she revived this long forgotten footwear, with her elegant two tone model, a clean, simple design that reflected the designer’s philosophy of style. Today Chanel still revisits the original model with seasonal variations. The price for this design icon starts at US$ 400. ■