Why Do These Ballet Flats Cost $538?

You'll wear them for a lifetime.

Modern girls in a hurry can't get enough of the ballet slipper's elegant mobility. These luxe Lanvins may leave you flat-broke temporarily, but you'll wear them for a lifetime.

SOLE SEARCH: The sole is made of tough leather for durability.

HOLD UP: Two plastic pieces are added to the heel and front of the sole for support, along with a soft calf-leather interior.

SIGNATURE HERE: The blue box with luxurious satin ribbon is Lanvin's finishing touch.

GOLD DIGGER: After six weeks of chrome tanning, a film application is added to create the metallic look, then two artists draw on the "crackled" effect.

AND STRETCH! Elastic is double-stitched around the shoe for comfort and a broken-in feel.

SKINS SO SOFT: Lambskin from Italy is extra-pliable and smooth to the touch.

Purchase at Bergdorf Goodman; (888) 774-2424.