The 11 Best Ballet Flats of 2023 to Wear Every Day

Sweet, stylish, and easy to slip on and off.

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In middle school, all the cool girls in my grade had the same pair of black Tory Burch ballet flats, which my mom refused to buy me. My feet would grow, she said when I told her I would save up my allowance, and I would no longer wear them. Or, if my feet didn’t grow, she couldn't guarantee that I would even want them the following year. While she was right in one way—my feet did, eventually, grow—she was wrong about her other point: I never really got over my love of ballet flats. Now that they’re officially cool again, I can wax poetic about all of the very best ballet flats I cannot get enough of for 2023. (ICYMI: Ballet flats are one of the biggest shoe trends for Spring/Summer 2023.)

While leather versions have trended in the past, balletcore-inspired flats are everywhere for the seasons ahead. “What's striking about the ballet flats that are emerging this season is how closely they resemble actual ballet slippers—lace-up details, box toes, slim and elegant silhouettes—leaning into 2023's overarching themes of novelty and fantasy,” says Jessica Richards, a trend forecaster and and founder of JMR Trend + Creative. But, compared to 2023’s other whimsical trends like puffy silhouettes and 3D floral creations, ballet flats that look like literal ballet shoes are on the tamer side of things. 

“Because they are novel but still very much wearable, this styling gives a sense of whimsy to a more traditional look—say, denim, which has been a popular pairing for this silhouette—or it can be the finishing touch on a more eclectic point of view that's resonating this season, like oversized tulle for a real ballerina street style moment,” Richards continues over email. 

While satin and silk ballet flats are popular among the street style and influencer set, they cropped up in a variety of different styles on the Spring/Summer 2023 runways. At Tory Burch, Chanel, and Jacquemus, slingbacks were fashioned from leather, crystal-encrusted, and made in a true blue denim fabric. At Sandy Liang, Mary Jane-style flats came in both satin and leather. Finally, Simone Rocha showed pairs that came in floral satin and were covered in dainty straps, alongside chunkier metallic versions with treaded platform soles. 

If one thing was made clear this season, it’s that ballet flats have been fashionably updated. Instead of lusting over one single pair or silhouette, designers are offering a choose-your-own-adventure approach to the once-simple style.  Ahead, I rounded up my personal favorite pairs of ballet flats. Shop satin options from Miu Miu and Maison Margiela—which have been co-signed by Marie Claire’s Style Editor Emma Childs—as well as leather options from brands like Loeffler Randal, Mango, and more.

Deals on The Best Ballet Flats

 Amazon Essentials Women’s Belice Ballet Flats, $20

 Amazon Essentials Women’s Belice Ballet Flats, $20 $17 at Amazon

Select colorways are going for $17 right now rather than the oh-so-affordable $20 on Amazon. With nearly 40,000 five-star reviews on the site, these easy flats are certified best-sellers. Reviewers recommend sizing up a half-size for the best fit. As one reviewer put it: "I needed a pair of flats that I was going to have to do a lot of moving around in and I didn't want to spend a ton of money—these were great for my purpose and fit the bill!"

The Best Ballet Flats

How to Style Ballet Flats

Styling your ballet flats is super easy, says Richards. "To lean into the eccentric novelty of the season, pair it back to an oversized tulle gown for a way to bring that dress into day wear, as we're truly living it up this season but in wearable ways," she says. 

If you like to keep your color palette neutral but prefer to play with shape, Richards says she loves the "concept of extreme silhouette mix and match." To nail this look, she recommends that you "try an extra oversized blazer back to a crop top, oversized denim, and sleek and chic ballet flats for proportion play." Finally, Richards recommends turning your ballet flats into the perfect transitional footwear by styling them with other fun seasonal accessories. "While the temps are still low, start playing with mini skirt silhouettes by pairing opaque or novelty tights and a clean ballet flat," she says. 

Meet The Expert

Jessica Richards
Jessica Richards

Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, style storyteller, and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next. With an extensive background in forecasting, concepts, and design for major North American retailers, she brings a forward-thinking yet commercially and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness


Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.