Step Into Spring With The Hautest Ballet Flats

Flat Shoe Style by Alexandra Phanor-Faury From leggings, shrugs and the current pop star fixation with leotards, fashion has long integrated dancewear into the mainstream with wild success. Perhaps the oldest and most incredibly popular of all the dance inspired trends has got to be the feminine ballet flat. The ballet slipper made its transition from stage to sidewalks when actress Audrey Hepburn wore a black pair with capri pants on the big screen in 1957’s “Funny People”. The fashionable and functional slip on footwear has since been a must-have for women of all ages. Over the decades the ballet flat has been boldly re-imagined in just about any which way you can imagine with bows, stones, zippers, fur and prints. The fact that you can pair it with everything from conservative suits to weekend khaki’s makes this style the modern girl’s IT shoe. We’ve scoured the internet for the most glamorous flats to help raise your look to new heights.
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Serena Williams’ gold flats are a striking feminine touch to her relaxed menswear look.

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Girlie girls will love these triple bow cotton flats.To avoid looking underage, wear overly feminine ballet flats like these with a sexy mini to keep your look mature.
Topshop, $44.00

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While flats can be the height of comfort, stomping around in the urban jungle day and day out in them can sometimes feel like your heel is rubbing against the pavement. What we love about these ultra-comfortable multi-colored flats is the subtle elevated rubber heel that makes walking in them a breeze.
Nine West, $59.00

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Flats can be just as seriously glamorous as heels. Just take a look at these luxurious flats cut from snakeskin printed leather and topped off with statement jewels.
Endless.com, $229.95

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Get noticed in these satin round toe flats in eggplant embellished with stones and ruffles.
Nordstrom.com, $49.90

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Audrey Hepburn fan Estelle channels the late Hollywood star in classic black ballet flats. Estelle lends a bohemian flair to her look by pairing the sophisticated flats with denim shorts and a tank.

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Can’t afford to indulge in Proenza Schouler’s hypercolor, tie-dye pieces? Instead, try these reptile embossed leather flats. These seductive, colorful flats can easily spice up any outfit for day and night.
Shoebuy.com, $97.95

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Always keep your eyes open for unique details when shopping for flats. These Kate Spade raffia upper flats in white and black polka dots is made extra special with a polka dot bloom of chiffon at the patent leather toe cap.
Zappos.com, $275

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A classic leather flat gets a perforated casual look perfect for brunch with your girlfriends.
Jimmy Choo, $350

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Skinny jeans and flats are a match made in fashion heaven.

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These brilliantly sequined bow topped ballet flats can complete any day look with a bit of sparkle.
Nordstrom.com, $275

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Go exotic with animal print flats. Don these calf suede beauties with everything from LBDs to wide hemmed trousers to exude chic sophistication.
Bergdorf Goodman.com, $495

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Iconic avant-garde designer Vivienne Westwood rebels against the classic flat and transforms it into a fashionable rain shoe with a PVC upper and tortoise shell bow.
Kitson.com, $95

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Gabourey Sidibe demonstrates how high-shine ballet flats can give heels a run for their money on the red carpet.

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Secure your feet in your flats with charming ankle straps.
Barneys.com, $495.00

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Nude flats look stylish against a light wash denim.

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It’s impossible not to fall in love with these gem and stud encrusted flats.
Endless.com, $731.22

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A fool proof way to inject saucy prints into your closet.
J.Crew.com, $228

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Old school rubber jellies get an upscale new look in a classic ballet flat shape adorned with silver baubles at the toe.
Nordstrom.com, $140

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Usher in the lovely spring weather in playful flats with these multi-colored beaded versions.
Endless.com, $159.95

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By far the most popular ballet flat on the market, this Tory Burch signature logo shoe melds comfort, style, ornamentation and texture in one shoe.
Tory Burch.com, $235

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Kelly Rowland hits a high note in her Tory Burch flats.