We all know the struggle of having to choose between comfort and style. But if you're not one to trot around the city in sky-high stilts or if you find sneakers a tad too casual for work and evening affairs, don't fret because there's always a middle ground. How about taking a second look at the classic ballerina shoe style? It's an equally functional and stylish option for on-the-go gals. These doll shoes are versatile enough to be taken from day to night, and from desk to dinner when styled right. And if you're dead set to live in them (we won't blame you!), then we suggest you choose beaters that are sure to last you long and opt for chic pairs that won't easily fade out of style.
Below, we curate 12 designer flats to invest in—these pairs will not only rake up sartorial points but will also save your feet from the pain. Shop away!
Designer Flats Worth Investing in:
1. Salvatore Ferragamo: Varina ballet flats
The Varina flats pack a rich sartorial history. This pair is fashioned after the Vara shoe, originally designed by Fiamma Ferragamo, the eldest daughter of the brand's founders—Wanda and Salvatore Ferragamo. Fiamma created the Vara pair way back in 1978, and was later on used as Varina flats' primary design inspiration. Its distinct dainty bow detail made the pair widely popular and beloved by many.
Varina flats, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, Greenbelt 4
2. Chanel: Ballerina flats
When you think of the luxury brand Chanel, you'll be whisked away with thoughts of quilted bags and tweed jackets. But there's one more iconic fashion item that the French house is famous for: the classic ballerina flats. The late Karl Lagerfeld made the ballet flats an instant cult favorite with his captoe two-tone design. While many favor the camel and black color combination, you may want to take it up a notch and purchase a metallic iteration for an extra oomph in your every stride.
Ballerina flats, $750 (approximately P39,184), CHANEL, Chanel.com
3. Chloé: Lauren ballet flats
Chloe's Lauren flats are famed for its elegant and delicate look as seen with its signature scalloped edges. What's more, the shoe boasts of a romantic and feminine charm as it's made with luxurious nappa sheepskin that feels so comfy to the wearer.
Lauren ballet flats, $495 (approximately P25,878.85), CHLOÉ, Chloe.com
4. Christian Louboutin: Hall flats
Christian Louboutin's Hall flat owes its shape from the Fred ballerina shoe. It's crafted with a nude and slightly iridescent nappa leather and shaped into the perfect pointed toe. It also has a grosgrain piping that matches its nude color, a flattering hue for just about anyone. It's adorned with a thin leather tie and features a row of the brand's iconic silver studs—taking inspo from body piercings.
Hall flats, $695 (approximately P36,334.95), CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Christianlouboutin.com
5. Dior: J'Adior ballet flats
Roger Vivier was credited for creating some the Dior house's greatest shoes, one of which is the 1962 slingback that features an indented kitten heel. The original came in taffeta ivory silk dotted with silver embroidery. This specific pair inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri's J'Adior slingbacks. She modernized the shoe with logofied straps, textured shoe uppers, and varied heel heights. For ladies who aren't a fan of heels, you can still wear the elegance of this classic Dior shoe with its ballerina flat version.
J'Adior wool houndstooth ballerina flat, DIOR, dior.com
6. Jimmy Choo: Goodwin flats
If you're looking for a slight sparkle in your daily OOTDs, your best ballet flat bet would be Jimmy Choo's Goodwin pair. It comes in a luxe black suede material with an arresting splash of shine via the house's signature diamanté baroque buckle. The shoe also has a unique square toe that lends relief to girls whose feet feel great discomfort when slipping into pointed toe shoes.
Goodwin flats, $750 (approximately P39,184), JIMMY CHOO, Farfetch.com
7. Prada: Pointed ballerina flats
Trust the luxury Milanese brand Prada when it comes to expert craftsmanship of shoes. Prada's ballet flats come in glossy patent leather with pointed toes an a single strap. The minimalist aesthetic is sure to stay in style so you can maximize its cost-per-wear value.
Pointed flat ballerinas, $651 (approximately P34,044.04), PRADA, Farfetch.com
8. Manolo Blahnik: Hangisi flats
Manolo Blahnik himself describes his Hangisi flats best. He says that his fascination for brilliant accessories has found its way to reflect on his shoes. This is evident in this very pair that features a luminous satin body, an almond-toe shaped shoe silhouette, and a single sparkling crystal ornament on it. The designer also shares that the Hangisi flat was originally inspired by Napoleon I, Josephine, and Pauline Bonaparte.
Hangisi flats, $955 (approximately P49,941.72), MANOLO BLAHNIK, manoloblahnik.com
9. Tory Burch: Minnie flats
One of the most iconic shoe variants that Tory Burch offers is the Minnie flat. And just when you thought they couldn't make it better, they come up with the Minnie Travel Ballet pair. Now, you can simply fold and pack your ballet flats to bring everywhere! This iteration is lightweight, well-cushioned, extremely soft, and is even slip-resistant, making it your best option for a packable pair for your getaways. This pair also boasts of an elasticized back for a slipper-like feel, split rubber sole for added flexibility, and of course, the house's unmissable gold double-T logo.
Minnie travel flats, $228 (approximately P11,923.26), TORY BURCH, Toryburch.com
10. Gucci: Marmont Flat Ballet Shoes
Add a dose of kitsch in your closet, care of Alessandro Michele's adorable Marmont ballet flats. This pair features a foldover fringe accented with a gold double-G buckle.
Marmont Loafer Ballet Flats, $656 (P34,305.52), GUCCI, Farfetch.com
11. TOD'S: Leather Ballerina flats
Speaking of fringe, Tod's gave ballerinas a fun yet elegant look with their version that's made with elegant leather with front fringe, a T-Ring metal, and a sturdy rubber outersole. These attributes make this pair the perfect choice for your everyday wear.
Leather ballerina flats, TOD'S, ICONIC at Rustan's Department Store
12. Roger Vivier: Eye Buckle Dorsay Ballerinas
If you're looking for the perfect going-out flats, your search ends here. At Roger Vivier, ballerina flats come in magical and eye-catching iterations. Just take a look at this shimmering silver pair that has a D'Orsay silhouette, satin body, and a glamorous buckle adorned by precious crystals.
Vivier Eye Buckle Dorsay Ballerinas, $1190 (approximately P62,231.05), ROGER VIVIER, Rogervivier.com