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Ballerinas are back in style and cult styles from Miu Miu are leading the way

Balletcore is back with a vengeance – and it’s all thanks to cult ballerinas from Miu Miu. They took the fashion world by storm practically as soon as they walked the label’s AW22 show, where they were worn with bare legs, ultra-short skirts, chunky ribbed socks and oversized coats. And since then, they’ve topped Lyst’s official “hottest products” index and been spotted on some of the most demanding and stylish feet around.

United Kingdom Editor Camille Charrière rocked her crisp white satin Miu Miu pumps with a cargo miniskirt earlier this season, as did Rosalía – with the cool-girl addition of an oversized white shirt. Adwoa Aboah, Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof, meanwhile, gave a masterclass in styling ballerina flats with evening wear by pairing them with sheer black tights, sparkly mini dresses and chic suits.

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So popular have Miu Miu’s super-sleek ballet flats been, in fact, that the brand has now launched them in every color under the rainbow – as well as heeled, square-toed and glitter-covered versions. , and re-released an updated version of its cult 2016 model with leather buckles and contrasting ribbons.

Of course, ballet flats aren’t new – but somewhere between wearing them religiously as a teenager (RIP the invariably roughed up and smelly Topshop ballet flats) and becoming the official uniform of the country club crowd, they got uncool; our pairs of Repettos, pretty ballet flats and once-adored French soles languish in the forgotten backs of our wardrobes. But it was Miu Miu’s simple, single-strap, logo-embroidered version that brought ballet flats back into fashion’s inner circle – and onto the feet of cool kids once again.

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“I used to wear ballet flats all the time when I was a teenager, but I outgrew that style – they were just too classic for me,” says ASB PR agency founder Alex Benezra . “But when Miu Miu launched their ballet flats earlier this year, I couldn’t get them out of my head. I have since bought two pairs and wear them with everything. They have officially replaced sneakers as my most comfortable shoes.

Designers such as Maison Margiela, The Row, Khaite, Prada and Tod’s also joined in, sending ballerinas down the catwalk in their AW22 and SS23 shows – proving classic style is here to stay. Depop, meanwhile, noted a 70% year-over-year increase in searches for “ballerinas” on his platform. But while the plethora of shiny new styles is certainly tempting, many are instead turning to their forgotten (but well-maintained) old favorites and styling them with a 2022 twist.

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Think classic cream and black Chanel pumps peeking out from under extra-long faded low-rise jeans, bejeweled styles worn with a pointed cut for an almost tongue-in-cheek “girly” touch, or satin slippers. skinny paired with thick leggings. and loungewear à la Bella Hadid.

Versatile, comfortable and practical too, it’s no surprise that the humble ballerina has made a comeback. It’s the perfect blend of timeless chic, 2000s nostalgia, and that ever-alluring minimal aesthetic with a touch of Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse-era indie sleaze. Plus, since sky-high heels have started having a moment, a pair of sensible and stylish flats to counter them is simply essential. Your feet will thank you later.

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“A more traditional feminine aesthetic seems to resonate a lot with our female customers at the moment,” says Liane Wiggins, Head of Womenswear at Matchesfashion. ‘Ballerinas fit perfectly into this trend. Miu Miu shoes are sold out in most sizes, but ballet flats from The Row, Roger Vivier, Christian Louboutin and Le Monde Beryl are also doing incredibly well.

Tiffany Hsu, vice president of fashion buying at Mytheresa, thinks the ballerina’s comeback is also partly due to the return to office work: “Ballerinas are a classic, easy style that you can just slip on and get on with your day. “, she says. . They certainly lend themselves better to days spent rushing between meetings and events than those hulking mega-platforms on the other end of the footwear trend spectrum.

A word of warning: ballet pump life can be addictive, so stock up on a few styles and save the Miu Mius for dry days and taxis. If there’s one thing we learned from the last time pumps were in, it’s not to wear them to the point of saturation (read: smelly). For the sake of our feet, let’s try to keep this trend going for as long as humanly possible.

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds