The 26 Best Ballet Flats to Wear All Day, Every Day

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

woman wearing black and white ballet flats
(Image credit: Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)

Upon a recent binge of Bridgerton's first season, I realized that I was obsessing over the fashion, yes, but also the plethora of truly great footwear—the majority of which could be classified as a ballet flat. Nearly every lady of the ton had them on. But it wasn't until I scrolled through my Instagram that I realized that ballet flats were trending IRL, too. So many of the cool and fashionable people that I follow have been styling them in 2022, so, naturally, I compiled a list of the best-ever, most comfortable ballet flats that you can wear right now. 

Before you descend into an early-aughts fashion spiral, let me reassure you that these modern ballet flats are not like the ones you wore back then. Or maybe they are similar, but we're not going to style them the same way. While at one point they were worn with micro-mini skirts and lace patterned tights a la the original Gossip Girl, ballet flats can now be worn in a multitude of ways. They were styled in a multitude of ways during the Spring/Summer 2022 season, for instance. At Chanel, ballet flats worked perfectly with slinky see-through mesh midi skirts and bikinis. At Tory Burch, on the other hand, vibrantly-colored and printed flats were shown under cream-colored wide-leg trousers. Finally, at effortlessly-cool label The Row, mesh flats were found peeking out from underneath the hems of boxy utilitarian jumpsuits. I also personally love how they look when styled with a pair of straight-leg jeans. They're like the slightly more elevated version of a crisp white sneaker, ideal for the office or just on a day spent running errands. 

If one thing was made clear to me, it was this: ballet flats, from patent leather to pointed-toe pairs, are officially cool again. Keep scrolling to shop all of the best options on the market right now. Here's to wearing our nostalgic favorites in a whole new way this year. 

Julia Marzovilla
Julia Marzovilla

Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.