Ballet Flats are the epitome of comfortable fashion, in vogue on the streets of Paris this spring/summer season | Source: Pinterest

The Best Ballet Flats to Keep in your Carry-On Luggage

If 2020 was the year of the lockdown, then 2022 may become the year of comfortable, portable footwear to stuff inside your carry-on when jetting off overseas.

From the chic streets of Paris to the glamorous avenues of Los Angeles, the massive resurgence in the popularity of ballet flats is evidence that just because an item of clothing is comfortable, that does not mean it can’t be a staple of on-trend, high fashion.

Multitudes of social media influencers have spent the last few months posting pictures of the unassuming footwear paired with just about anything from leg warmers to printed slip skirts.

Influencer Devon Lee Carlson in ballet flats | Source: Vogue

The increase in popularity of the footwear has been spurred on by the rise of “balletcore” fashion mainly amongst millennials, seen recently at the Paris fashion week as well as on the streets of the fashion capital in the weeks surrounding the event.

The popularity of ballet flats was at its peak in the early naughties, inspired by celebrities such as Kate Moss and the characters of the popular tv show, Gossip Girl.

The slip-on, easy to carry fashion items were a token of post-nineties indie sleaze style, the British variety of said style flaunted by Arctic Monkeys groupie Alexa Chung and honorary Brit Sienna Miller while attending rock gigs sticky with spilt alcohol and smelling of cigarette butts.

The recent popularity of the shoe is down to the wide variety of different designs and the current naughties revival encompassing street style and mixed influence outfits, what clashed before is now embraced as unique and dynamic.

The following are the most popular ballet flat designs, to help you decide which to buy or at least give you a good idea of what to look for to fit your style.

Maison Margiela Tabi Split-Toe Leather Ballet Flats

Avante-garde head-turners, the Tabi Split Toe design, are an elegant pair and a good introduction to the comfortable world of ballet flats, that is if you like diving into the deep end head first.

The iconic design which was a part of Maison Margiela’s first-ever collection back in 1989 draws inspiration from the traditional Japanese split-toe Tabi sock and is a classic look and an essential addition to any ballet flat collection.

Maison Margiela Tabi Split-Toe Leather Ballet Flats, A$788 | Source: Net-a-Porter

Khaite Ashland Square-Toe Leather Ballerina Flats

Soft and supple calfskin exteriors make this square-toed example of the classic ballet flat very comfortable and good for hitting the streets for a shopping spree or to go and see a fashion show.

The classic design includes draped leather toe, petit bow on the vamp and comfortable split sole design, seen often in ballet flats making this pair from the French brand a must-have for your shoe collection.

Khaite Tan ‘The Ashland’ Ballerina Flats, A$1055 | Source: Ssense

Miu Miu Nappa Leather Ballerinas

Leather shoes are a big style decision, how to accessorise a pair of flat-soled leather pumps without the accessories overdoing it.

When putting together a chic outfit these Miu Miu Nappa Leather Ballerinas are versatile enough to pair with just about anything.

The leather straps with metal details and ribbons offset the humble flats allowing you to break up your look with bold materials and patterns while maintaining the understated, pared-back feel that make flats so appealing in the first place.

Miu Miu Nappa Leather Ballerinas, A$1,250 | Source: Miu Miu

Chloé Lauren Scalloped Leather Ballet Flats

Ballet flats come and go, but a simple design that is carried off beautifully will remain timelessly stylish and versatile for years to come.

These round toe, Chloé Lauren Ballet Flats are an example of how to make an outfit pop without resorting to ostentatious detailing or vulgar statements.

A beautifully subtle scalloped trim makes these extra comfortable slip-on slip-off flats an easy option for completing an outfit or heading down to the boulangerie in the morning for brunch.

Chloé Lauren Scalloped Leather Ballet Flats, A$663 | Source: FarFetch

The humble ballet flat has come a long way since it was first popularised by Bridgette Bardot in the 50s, through the sleazy indie scene of the naughties and up to the French girl street style fashions of the Paris Fashion Week.

So hang up your boots, put away your stilettos and closet your platform boots, the comfort and effortless chic of an off-duty ballet dancer is now more achievable than ever.

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