The 19 Best Ballet Flats of 2024 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. When I told her I would save up my allowance, she said my feet would grow. And if my feet didn’t grow, she said I may not even want to wear them the following year. While she was right about my feet growing but wrong about her other point. Even now, I never really got over my love of ballet flats. And now that they’re officially cool again—and one of the fall-winter season's biggest footwear trends—I can wax poetic about the best ballet flats I cannot get enough of for 2023. 

After a few seasons of squeezing my feet into heels with enough of a platform to risk breaking an ankle over a nary crack in the sidewalk, the ballet flat has finally offered me a far more comfortable (and risk-averse) option. It felt like the fashion world agreed on this fact in unison: ballet flats were all over the runways for the Fall/Winter 2023 season. Pointed-toe flats were prominent at Prada. Lace-up flats were spotted at both Bode and Wales Bonner. Mary Jane flats went viral after appearing at Sandy Liang. And they weren’t just worn in lieu of a trendy sneaker during the daytime: Ballet flats instantly became a nighttime outfit staple after being styled with an array of formal ensembles across the board. Mesh flats—which were popular a season earlier on the Spring/Summer 2023 runways—have since gained cult status amongst the streetwear set for the end of summer and early fall. 

“The new footwear season is really an exercise of flowing into flatness, and we'll see that most emerging silhouettes are a huge step down from exaggerated platforms, lug soles, and the like that rocked the past couple of years,” says Jessica Richards, Trend Forecaster & Founder, JMR Trend + Creative. “So while we typically associate heels and height as the going-out go-to, one of the biggest shifts in the market for fall is watching flatter options take on a larger role outside of what has normally been considered ‘casual.’” We're looking at you, Khaite, and Tory Burch, whose over-the-top embellished ballet flats sold out near-instantly.

"The desire for sleekness has created a new market for low-height wedges and kitten heels, but ballet flats, especially, a silhouette that has gained momentum through past seasons but is more important than ever,” Richards continues. 

Instead of lusting over one pair or silhouette, designers offer 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—co-signed by Marie Claire’s Style Editor Emma Childs—and leather options from brands like Loeffler Randall, Sam Edelman, and more.

The Best Ballet Flats

What to Look For In The Best Ballet Flats

There are so (so) many new ballet flat options on the market for 2023. With so many versions and silhouettes to choose from, here are a few helpful guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for your own pair. 

  • Fabric: Most of the ballet flats on this list are made from leather or satin. Both materials tend to mold to your feet as you wear them, giving you a more comfortable feel as you go through your day. Because ballet flats are so close-fitting to your feet, you want to go for a fabrication that won’t rub or pinch, so I recommend staying away from anything that looks too stiff. The ballet flats on this list are top-rated for blister-free comfort.
  • Insole and Arch Support: Flat shoes are notorious for not providing much support for your arches. Some of the ones on this list are outfitted with precisely comfortable insoles to combat that. You can wear these flats for hours from the office to drinks and back home. When shopping for ballet flats, remember how the sole is outfitted, too—is it made from durable rubber? If so, that might be a good direction to go in. 
  • Fit Many of the products on this list fit true-to-size, and many come in half-sizes for easy shopping. The key to the most comfortable pair of flats is finding one that fits you perfectly without being too tight or loose on any part of your foot. If possible, you should always use the reviews for a firsthand account of the fit, but brands also tend to note how their ballet flat runs regarding sizing. We’ve made sure to mark how each pair runs below.

How to Style Ballet Flats

"The luxe ballerina will elevate casual looks like late-season shorts and skirts to denim in the fall while also working as an option for evening events," says Richards about how to incorporate ballet flats into your fall outfits. The bottom line? Pair flats with pieces that you wouldn't normally expect them to be styled with: formal dresses. "Think about the "wrong shoe" trend; this season embraces the surprise and delight of seeing a silhouette that typically we wouldn't expect, so while a ballet flat may feel odd at first paired with something more dressed up, it gives a luxe whimsy and joie de vivre to our fall fete looks. Dressed up or down, the ballet flat is the key shoe of the season." 

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

industries.