Ballet Flats are Back

Ballet Flats are Back

Ballet flats are a staple shoe in woman's wardrobes. They are comfortable, elegant and easily transition from summer to autumn.

Their lightweight and breathable design makes them ideal for warmer days, while their closed-toe structure offers adequate coverage and warmth as temperatures cool down.

Moreover, they can be dressed up or down, paired with casual outfits like jeans and a t-shirt or styled with dresses or skirts. This makes them perfect to update any off duty look. 

Style and Comfort

Unlike high heels or chunky boots, ballet flats provide a balance of style and comfort. They offer the chicness of heels without compromising on comfort, allowing women to look fashionable while staying comfortable throughout the day.

Colors and Materials

While ballet flats share a common silhouette, they come in various types, each offering unique features and aesthetics to cater to diverse tastes and needs.

Classic Leather

The traditional leather pump remains a classic choice, known for its elegance and versatility. It's a great choice for looks for office settings or can add sophistication to a casual look. 

Leather ballet flat


Suede ballet flats are a softer and more relaxed vibe compared to leather. We love the texture and depth they add to an outfits, making them suitable for both casual and semi-formal occasions.  Loving these fuchsia ones from Mollini

suede ballet flats



Cap-toe ballet flats feature a contrasting toe cap, often in a different colour or material than the rest of the shoe. This design detail adds a touch of sophistication, making them a favourite at WKND EDIT HQ - who doesn't think of Chanel when they see these stunners from Midas  .

leather ballet flat



If you're after a bit of sparkle or flair, embellished ballet flats are perfect. Bows, studs, beads, sequins, or other decorative elements elevate the shoe's aesthetic and make a statement.  It would be impossible to not include these classics from Manolo Blahnik

embellished ballet flats

And these pretty numbers from Midas

jewelled ballet flats


Pointed-toe pumps create a sleek and polished look, suitable for formal events or adding a touch of sophistication to everyday ensembles. We are totally obsessing over these from Senso

black ballet flat



The rise of Mesh Ballet Flats

But... when it comes to the latest and greatest in ballet flats - mesh is currently taking the fashion world by storm by combining the classic silhouette of ballet flats with modern mesh materials for a contemporary twist.

Many brands are offering mesh flats this season. They can be paired with casual outfits like shorts, skirts, or cropped pants for a relaxed yet chic look. They can also complement athleisure wear and activewear seamlessly, adding a touch of sophistication to sporty ensembles.

Check out how @trendkoi styles her Alaia black ballet flats

alaia mesh flats

@Greta_Sam styles hers with a classic pant. 

ballet flats

Why We Love A Mesh Ballet Flat

  • Modern Aesthetic: Mesh adds a contemporary and edgy vibe to classic ballet flats, appealing to a modern aesthetics.  The classic Alaia flats here are the popular choice.  

Alaia mesh ballet flats

  • Comfortable All-Day Wear: The breathable mesh and comfortable fit make these flats suitable for long hours of wear, ideal for busy lifestyles. As an alternative to the Alaia black ballet flats, we love these from Cotton On.

mesh ballet flats

  • Statement Piece: Mesh detailing creates visual interest and serves as a statement piece, allowing wearers to stand out with unique footwear.  Loving these embellished flats from Betts.  

Betts mesh ballet flats

  • Mesh ballet flats are available in various colours, to match different outfits and personal styles.  Check these beautiful Philip Lim flats. 

Purple mesh shoes


    Lead Photo: Pesce Huang

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