Ballet Flats Are the Best Shoe to Try in 2024, According to Fashion Insiders

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

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Ballet flats have never gone dormant, but their resurgence on the Spring 2024 runways has awarded flat lovers with multiple styles and silhouettes for summer, a far more comfortable (and risk-averse) option to heels, and has cemented them as one of 2024's biggest shoe trends.

Pointed-toe flat versions appeared at Gabriela Hearst in New York and the catwalks at Tove in London. Mary-Jane flats were a staple at Cecilie Bahnsen's Paris show, and Versace styled similar metallic silhouettes for the evening with pant suits and mini dresses. The metallic shoe trend was co-signed by Katie Holmes, who wore a silver pair in New York City, while trendy mesh flat variations, seen peppered on the runways at 3.1 Philip Lim and Proenza Schouler's New York City shows, have been adopted by celebs like Jennifer Lawrence.

That sentiment and adoration for ballet flats is echoed by real women of the fashion set, too. Fashion writer and self-proclaimed ballet flat super fan Erika Veurnik prefers flats as the ideal summer shoe. "Ballet flats are a dressed-up version of a sandal or a sneaker," she says. "I reach for them instead of these two styles when I want my outfit to feel a little more refined."

This modern new era for ballet flats shows no sign of slowing down. Jessica Richards, Trend Forecaster and founder of JMR Trend and Creative, tells Maire Claire, "The [ballet flat] trend is one of the strongest footwear trends fashion has seen in a long time." She forecasts that the style will continue to evolve with even more sophisticated silhouettes that lean into the feminine appeal but command the authority and versatility of practical footwear workhorses like the loafer. "It speaks to consumers' demands for uncompromised wearability in their shoe collections," she notes.

In short, summer ballet flats are a shoe style everyone can wear and love. Ahead, Marie Claire's editors and our experts share the best ballet flats to add to your closet.

3.1 Phillip Lim; Versace; Tove

Models wore ballet flats on the Spring 2024 runways with day dresses at 3.1 Phillip Lim, shift dresses at Versace, and Grecian evening gowns at Tove, proving their innate versatility for the spring season.

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What To Look for in the Best Ballet Flats

  • Fabric: Most ballet flats on this list are made of leather or satin. These materials conform to your feet for extra comfort throughout the day. Choose flexible fabrics to prevent rubbing or pinching.
  • Insole and Arch Support: Flat shoes often lack arch support, but many of the options on this list have insoles designed for comfort. From the office to after-work activities, these flats are perfect for extended wear.
  • Fit: The key to comfy flats is finding the perfect fit—neither too tight nor too loose. Most items on this list fit true-to-size and offer half-sizes for convenience. Check reviews for firsthand sizing experiences, or look for brand sizing notes. We've indicated how each pair runs.

How to Style Ballet Flats

"The luxurious ballerina flat can elevate casual looks and also works well for evening events," says Richards. Celebrities and fashion insiders are embracing the surprise and delight of an unexpected silhouette. While a ballet flat may not feel the most formal compared to a heel, it adds a joyful touch to our outfits," she notes. Get inspired by Katie Holmes's navy midi dress with a pair of bright white flats, just like she did in June 2024.

Katie Holmes wears a navy dress with blue stripes along with white shoes in soho.

Holmes styled her Mary-Jane flats with a navy-and-white midi dress while in New York City in June 2024. Her look is equal parts elevated and easy.

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Veurnik has noticed metallic ballet flats on the rise this summer. "Plus, silver flats were made to be paired with light-wash denim," she says. Hailed as a day-to-night option for people who prefer to avoid heels, silver or gold options can make even the most classic outfits look slightly elevated.

They also lend themselves to special occasion wear. "I love seeing silver ones with formal gowns for wedding looks," she says.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Eva Chen wears black blazer, denim jeans outside Proenza Schouler on February 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Eva Chen proves the everyday appeal of a metallic ballet flat in New York City during Fashion Week.

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Meet The Fashion Experts

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 commercial and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness


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Erika Veurink

Erika is a writer covering fashion, beauty, and wellness. She has an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Bennington College and contributes to outlets such as The CutVogueAD, and Coveteur. She also writes the Long Live Substack, a weekly newsletter on her passion for shopping secondhand.

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. 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 worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.