‘Ballet-core’ is in: 6 ballet flat styles we’re loving right now

18 January 2023
By Amberley Colby

Embrace the ‘ballet-core’ trend this year with our selection of ballet flats and how to style them.

Woman wearing ballet flats on the streets in Paris, France.
Image: Supplied. Paris street style Spring Summer 2023.

The results are in: ballet flats are going to be the top It-Girl shoe for 2023. After having a resurgence in fashion in the early-2010s, the polarising shoe style is trending once again. Since being featured on the runway at Miu Miu in 2016, the ballet flat has become increasingly popular in the collections of multiple womenswear designers. 

As the style continues to trend this year, here’s a glimpse at some of the best ballet flats to consider for your wardrobe this year: 

Shop the Mi Piaci Ignite Dress Flat, $260

Mi Piaci Ignite Dress flat

A cross between a Mary Jane and a ballet flat, this patent style by Mi Piaci is a must-have for those looking for a timeless staple. With its square-toe and glossy finish, this dressy flat will pair effortlessly with anything in your wardrobe.

How we’d style it: Simply wear on their own or pair with a cute frilly sock to give this style a bit of contrast.

Shop the Country Road Claudia Ballet flat, $109

Country Road Claudia Ballet Flat

Nothing beats a classic. This round-toe style featuring a dainty bow will take you from the office to dinner with ease. Made from 100% leather and available in two versatile colourways, this is a budget-friendly option for those wanting to give the style a go.

How we’d style it: When it comes to this style, less is more. To elevate your look for work, match these with a pair of tailored trousers and you’re ready to go.

Shop the Miu Miu Satin Ballerinas, $1,155

Miu Miu Satin Ballerinas

A modern take on the original satin ballerina shoe, these Miu Miu flats have been seen on the likes of many fashion it-girls, from Bella Hadid to Alexa Chung. Since featuring on the Miu Miu runway in F/W 22, they are undoubtedly the shoes to be seen in this year.

How we’d style it: Hot off the runway, you can pair this style with the matching leg warmers for the ultimate off-duty ballerina look.

Shop the Maison Margiela Tabi Ballet flat, $636

Maison Margiela Tabi Ballet Flat

Love to hate them or hate to love them? A variation of the infamous Tabi shoe, these Margiela ballet flats are a cult-favourite among fashion lovers. An otherwise classic take on the ballet flat, this style separates itself from other popular ballet flats with its signature split toe.

How we’d style it: You can do no wrong with these shoes. Whether you prefer to wear them on their own or with socks, this style looks good with everything from tailored pants to jeans.

Shop the Isabella Anselmi Becca flat, $159.90

Isabella Anselmi Becca Flat

For a no-frills version of the ballet flat, look no further than these Becca flats. Uber-simple and touted as ‘supremely comfortable’, these might just become your new work staple.

How we’d style it: In keeping with the no-frills theme, style these with a simple linen set for the summer months and switch to a blazer and pants once the temperature drops.

Shop the Senso Aubree ballet flats, $274

Senso Aubree Ballet Flats

Stay en pointe in these angular-toed flats from Senso. Complete with a detachable gold ankle chain, this style can be accessorised or left simple depending on your mood. Available in four colourways, there’s something for everyone to love. 

How we’d style it: The detachable ankle chain gives you plenty to work with when styling these. Try contrasting the pistachio colourway with a cobalt blue or hot pink to really elevate your look.


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