The 11 Best Ballet Flats of 2023 to Wear Every Day

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

woman wearing black and white ballet flats
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There are trends that last for a single season, and then there are trends that become permanent staples in our daily rotation. The humble ballet flat, once thought to be the former, continues to trend for fall/winter 2022, and it’s not hard to see why. Ballet flats rank among the most comfortable types of shoe and transition easily from brunch to work to dinners out—so, of course, we found the very best ballet flats to style (and live in) this season.

Before you descend into an '00s 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 à la the original Gossip Girl, ballet flats can now be worn in a multitude of ways. “Pastels are proving themselves to not just be for spring, blending worlds with traditionally Fall fabrications [like] patent leather, fur, feathers, and shearling,” says fashion stylist and trend forecaster Lizzy Rosenberg about the ballet flats trending this season. 

On the Fall 2022 runways, brands like Miu Miu styled satin ballet flats with chunky white socks and preppy school-uniform-adjacent ensembles, while Chanel took it a step further by pairing pointed patent-leather options with thick tights and tweed jackets. Maggie Marilyn also included ruched ballet flats in their Pre-Fall 2022 collection, styling them with a full matching suit and proving their versatility. These ballet flats are like the slightly more elevated version of a crisp white sneakerideal for the office or just on a day spent running errands. 

In short, ballet flats, from patent leather to pointed-toe ballet flats, are officially cool again. Keep scrolling to shop all of the best options on the market right now from brands like Zara, Mango, Carel Paris, Mansur Gavriel, and more. Here's to wearing our nostalgic favorites in a whole new way this year.

The Best Ballet Flats

How to Style Ballet Flats

"I loved seeing Miu Miu’s use of ballet flats in their Fall 2022 season," says Rosenberg about her favorite way to style ballet flats for fall 2023. "The styling itself pays homage to the integrity of traditional ballet wardrobe pieces, with the shoe in a silk fabrication paired back to what resembles leg warmer socks, further styled with the micro mini skirt we couldn’t escape on social media coming out of their Spring 2022 season." 

Aside from the preppy styling on the runway, Rosenberg recommends wearing your flats with "a mid-calf pencil skirt, yummy turtle neck sweater and leather motorcycle jacket" this season. 

Meet The Expert

Lizzy Rosenberg
Lizzy Rosenberg

New York City based Wardrobe Stylist Lizzy Rosenberg over the last decade has worked in-house for Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, J.Crew, and has since assumed representation at Art Department. Her body of work includes celebrity, editorial, and commercial styling in addition to private client dressing, and creative consulting acting as a fashion editor and trend forecaster. 

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.