Fashionable Fact: The Ballet Flat

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How many of you consider ballet flats your go-to shoe?

Like most things in fashion, the ballet flat is a style recycled from centuries past. The ballet flat dates all the way back to the 16th century. In fact, did you know that flats were revived after Marie Antoinette walked to the guillotine in a pair of heels? If heels led to the guillotine, let them wear flats! Like all trends, ballet flats came and went. In the late 1950s, they returned to the scene after Audrey Hepburn donned a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans in the film, “Funny Face.” More recently, ballet flats made a renaissance when designers like Lanvin and Tory Burch rolled out flashier versions of the style. Shortly thereafter, the trend spread like a wildfire… and the rest is history (literally)!

Now, the ballet flat is truly a fashion classic. Some even consider it a mandatory wardrobe staple. To me, they’re the epitome of Parisian chic. I love ballet flats because they can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Plus, what girl doesn’t want an excuse to skip the heels for a day?

So tell me, do you have any interesting Fashionable Facts?

P.S. I designed a pair of ballet flats for my LC Lauren Conrad line for Kohl’s that are perfect for summer and back to school. Click here to check them out.

Source: wiki, marthaflattery, huffpo
Illustration: Caitlin Shearer
Categories: Wear
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  • Ivana Laura Decuzzi

    i just simply love them. cute, comfortable, casual, semi-formal, excellent option for almost all ocasions. loved this post!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    I have a pair of Chloe pink leather ballet flats that look exactly like the ballet slippers I wore all my life as a dancer :) I wear them all the time because they’re super comfortable, and even though I don’t take ballet anymore, I still can wear my ballet shoes around!

  • Celine Xo

    Flats are amazing! I have so many pairs, but my favourite right now would have to be my black patent pointed toe ones. They are dressy enough to wear to work and formal events, but they also looks cute with jeans :)

  • Lupsie

    I love flats! They are so comfortable and they always look good with a pair of skinnys, a skirt, a dress, leggings…anything! My favorite flats are from steve madden because there’s always some saucy style with that brand, from multi-colored to patent leather to really cute deck shoes! My favorites this fall are moccasins and any cute ballet flat with a bow!

  • Romina Buchert

    nice to learn history involved with fashion :)

    your designs are awesome i wish i could get them in Chile :(

  • Melissa Panici

    Awesome post Lauren! I love flats so much. I have these black dress shoes with the thick heal (not sure what they call them) that I have had for years and I just love them! They go great with almost anything! By the way, I clicked on your flats from LC Lauren Conrad and immediately bought them along with another pair from your line. Gotta support my favorite girl:) Love you Lauren!!

  • Nicole

    I just purchased your ballet flats from Kohls! I absolutely love them. As much as I love heels, I love my collection of flats. They’re a necessity for me.

  • Yuly Pazo

    Love this post!! and love flats, they are just sooo confortable, i wear them most of the time, they look good with skinny jeans, dresses almost everything, for me are definately the good to go shoes. This are my favorite ones.

    http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/public/ERzF4l293cPjLyPQRr9E5oyvlt6J1BeN7l0Wn17L8sn_4niOyGvnbqIrrc7f-hYEtyunrLG4rDKG8VUg9xUKcXUi_sn7u1FoDkL38I6DgnPHAAFDQTFmyDpcf1koFiDcllZZcQEEDecPRL3Fb8hnQPKQhPTlMhIpm-KkZjkHOZwQqOBgQO2ynF703XKRq1F0NA

  • mara sofia

    Adorable Fashion Point of view.

    Lovely post.

    XO

  • lee v

    Flats are definitely my go-to shoe! I have to be honest…my mastery of heels is pretty non existent so I skip them when I can :)

  • Elisabeth Duke

    I kind of forgot about flats, but I love them! Tory Burch have such cutes ones (:

  • Victoria Lea

    I would wear flats year round if it wasn’t for the snow and rain. Thanks for the history lesson

  • Kristi Bucksbarg

    Love, Love Flats!! Especially for the Fall!

    xo

    http://www.luckygirlfinds.com

  • Aine Carlin

    Yay for Ballet pumps! I’m literally about to step out in my new pair, which I purchased just the other day – baby pink with a chunky gold chain across the front, adorable:)

    I LOVE the flats you designed Lauren and it looks like they’re suitable for vegans (please say it is so) judging by the materials used – can you confirm this, as I’d love to feature/mention them in my blog! Thanks xxx

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I love ballet flats and have always considered them a staple. I just can’t go in heels as often as I see a lot of people doing these days. Ballet flats will always look cute too me! =)

    Kindness is the best accessory,
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  • Gabriela Mina

    I love ballet flats! but I have flat feet and they don’t look really good on me :(

  • Vanessa Turkel

    I love Ballet flats, wear them everyday and have them in all kinds of colors and shapes, they fit with everything and are easy to combine and to walk in.

    My favourite pair is brown with dirty gold sequins, I’ve had them for at least five years and they’re still shiny and go with everything ;)

  • Kelby Peachey

    Thanks to my arthritis (and I’m only 27!) I had to give up high heels. The only shoes that I do wear are flats, and I have a ton of them! I’m so glad they came back into fashion. Whenever I find a cute pair, I snatch it up quick. Just in case the style disappears!

  • mrsellieroop

    Comfy shoes but they need more support and shouldn’t be so thin on the bottom.

  • Claire Coppersmith

    There’s always the history of how Coco Chanel made the little black dress fashionable.

  • Lindsay Advincula

    I love love LOVE flats. They are my go-to shoe! I own more flats than heels. Thanks for the ballet flat history facts! :)

  • Shannonmarie

    I actually wear ballet flats most of the time. I’m short, so I used to wear heels constantly. Then, I broke my foot in platform flip flops a few years ago (I also sprained it and suffered some nerve damage near my toes). Now, I stick to flats, ballet flats being my fave. So classic and cute. Love ‘em :-)

    -Shannonmarie

    http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com

  • Katja Anni

    Oh I love flats as well. They’re so cute and come in so many styles and colours :)

    Love the ones from your line, Lauren! Shame Kohl’s doesn’t ship to Europe yet :(

  • Flavia Roque

    I love flats ! I don’t really like sneakers or anything like it… they make my feet huge and don’t match any of my clothes, of course …. so since my 15 I’ve been wearing flats and heels. I’m a very tall person, and I really like wearing heels but sometimes you don’t want to be 6’2” when you’re just bying grocery in the market down the street, so they are perfect for me.

    P.S.: Cute flat on you’re collection Lauren! I love it !

  • Kristin Albrecht

    I love flats! I bring them to work with me just in case half way through the day my feet start killing! I also just bought your flats for your LC Lauren Conrad line for Kohls and I ADORE them!

  • Emily Hanson

    Flats are my go to shoes! I only have 2 pairs of “”heels”” (they’re wedge heels, so they dont’ really count), the rest are wonderful flats in all sort of colors! I actually recently bought your flats for a wedding I’ll be attending to, to go with my baby blue dress :) They go together wonderfully!!!

  • Kimberly

    Flats are more comfortable than heels to me. I’ve one pair and I’ve worn them so many times, they are a little bit dirty and now I would like to buy another pair. :-)

    Xx

  • Cassi Brunet

    I just bought those flats at Kohl’s two days ago. They were on clearance for $10.99 and I have already been wearing them two days in a row and I absolutely love them! I usually hate pink but this one is so neutral you can wear these with anything.

  • Lauren Taylor

    I love flats! They are so comfy and go with anything.

  • Andry Paez

    these are awesome… I have a bunch of them… they are confy and pretty! everybody needs at least 1 pair of these in their closet ;)

  • Lauren Hicks

    I adore flats!! I can’t imagine what my closet of shoes would be without a pair of cute flats!

  • CRYSTAL MONTOYA

    I think cute basic flats (black, nude, brown) are a closet must for those times when you have to rush from the subway to a meeting or event or climb those 10 flights of stairs! I don’t think it’s necessary to have a tremendous amount of flats because sometimes they can take away from a potentially gorgeous outfit that would be fitted better with pumps, heels, boots or another type of shoe. Of course there are those times when you see a dynamic and complex flat that looks more like a piece of art – in that case it’s a must have! :)

  • Diana Arias

    I love my flats!!!

  • Anna James

    I adore flat. And especially love your leopard print flats available at Kohls! You are such an amazing designer.

    I featured your Fall 2011 collection on my style and fashion blog today. I would die if you could check it out. xoxo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

  • samah AS

    EGYPTIAN WOMEN WERE THE FIRST TO USE COSMETICS

    Egyptian women were said to be the first ones to use cosmetics. The earliest historical record of cosmetics comes from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt (c.3100-2907 BC).

    They used a substance called unguent which was extensively used by men and women to keep their skin hydrated and supple and to avoid wrinkles from the dry heat. The women of Egypt also decorated their eyes by applying dark green color to the under lid and blackening the lashes and the upper lid with kohl, which was made from antimony (a metallic element) or soot. They used berries to make their lips red. Egyptians were also the ones who first used perfumes, usually for religious rituals.


  • Louise Thomson

    I adore flats! 9x out 10 it’s what I wear on a daily basis! They’re so cute and comfy! And I love how you can get flats that can easily fold away if you choose to wear heels on a night out they can easily fit in your bag to change into if your feet get sore!
    They are definetely a essentional in my life.

  • Cassie Hanson

    being 5’10 – ballet flats are a must! and a perfect way to add a girly touch :)

    http://www.daeplanner.wordpress.com

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  • samah AS

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  • tinamarie

    Chemise, the smock.

    The chemise (French term) or smock (English term) was first an undergarment, in the 15th century, made of linen. Later in the 17th century, was shown near the neckline and the edge of the sleeves on the woman’s gown. In the 19th century the chemise and drawers became one, called a combination; depicted in Gody’s Lady’s Book, 1858. Another chemise transformation was the chemise

  • tinamarie

    opps. found in Tortora & Eubank, 2010.

  • Stefani Williams

    I only wear heals when I’m going out out with my friends or on a VERY special date, except in the wintertime (which lasts maybe like 1 month here in Texas) when I’ll wear boots, ballet flats are definately my go to fashion option for when I’m going somewhere other than work.

  • Angela Courter

    The Invention of the Thong.

    The thong has an interesting history. It was supposedly invented after the New York Mayor LaGuardia became enraged that the city’s nude dancers were exposing too much flesh. The thong was developed to keep the New York City dancers covered enough to placate the mayor.

    Who knew???

  • Niinax van zadelhoff

    i think i’m gonna buy those too but i don’t know if they look good on me..

  • Shelaine Morrison

    Sometimes I look at my painted nails and think “”who ever though of painting their nails first and why?””

    It just seemed like a weird habbit to start. But, then I started thinking about history and how important it was in the past to show your social order. Then I started connecting it to the more fair your skin was the higher in class you were because you did not have to work outside doing manual labor. I though maybe you would paint your nails it did about the same hting since you fingers didn’t get dirty since you didn’t have to work outside. So after coming up with my thesis I went to my loyal friend Google which sent me to Wikipedia, where I saw that the Eqytptians (along with many other cultures) painted there nails to show their social class red being of the highest and pales among the lowest.

  • Corryn Batykefer
  • Katja Remes

    I love flats, because I’m a tall girl and sometimes I just don’t want to be the tallest of all..

    I find adorable and inexpensive flats from H&M all the time. I have new cute, green, ruffled suede flats waiting for the fall. So cute!

  • Monica Castillo

    Flats are my all time favorite along with sandals. I don’t ever go anywhere too dressy that have to wear heels for. I owned my first pair if flats in the early 90′s at the age of about 5…they were black with a bow similar to the picture in this blog. I wore them everywhere!! I wish I could find a pair like them today!!

  • Gayelle Haddad

    I have flats with me in my bag wherever I go. I even got a special pair of bendy ones that fit in my clutch when i go out.

  • Danyelle Gay

    I live in flats! As hard as I try, I can’t find myself walking in heels for too long..

  • Alissa Marie

    Oh wow, that fact about Marie Antoinette is really interesting, I never knew that!

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