When the weather gets warmer, rain boots and snow boots are out, and the flats are in!!! They are comfortable, chic and they are a life saver!!! Perfect for commuting, shopping, walking in the city or after hours of dancing in your heels! Tory Burch’s Reva flats was a very big hit in 2005, which was a very successful branding for ballet flats! But the history for this fashion icon can not be that short; let’s see when and how they were introduced to all stylish ladies:)
You may think that ballerinas originally danced in ballet flats but all the way back in 16th century-they actually danced in high-heel shoes!! As you can guess, these shoes were quite difficult to wear and very hard to do any jumps and a lot of technical movements.
Fortunately, by mid of 18th century- dancer Maria Camargo of the Paris Opéra Ballet, was the first to wear a non-heeled shoe, the ballet flat. After the French Revolution, heels were completely eliminated from standard ballet shoes.
Then in 1947 ballet flats were introduced by Rose Repetto who designed her first ballet flat for her son. Her ballet flats immediately became popular among professional dancers. After Brigitte Bardot wore a pair of Repetto’s flats, the trend of the ballet flats was in the air!!! They even became more popular in 1950s after Audrey Hepburn wore a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans!
And today?? In 18th century it was good for dancers so they go on pointe, today it is good for us so we can walk easily:)
Finally, today- the ballet flat is truly a fashion classic. For most of the women it is a ‘must have’ and a great excuse to skip the heels:)