Over Ballet

I never thought I’d say this.  Ever.  But it’s true: I’m over ballet flats.  I have worn barely anything but for years and years.  Lanvin ballet flats were my dream, my extravagance, my feet’s savior.  J. Crew ballets were my fall back.  I walked far in the various cities I’ve lived in over the past decade because I wore ballet flats almost everywhere I went.  I have them in a zillion colors and a bunch of prints.  Glitter.  Silk.  Patent.  You name it, I wore it, if it came in the form of a ballet flat.

And then, one day, they were over for me.

Now I wear loafers, sneakers, brogues, even strappy pointed flats (and, of course, the odd high heel, but I’m talking about my daily uniform now).  Mostly flats of other genres.  Anything but ballets.

Even when I try to put them on, they just don’t look right, right now, for some reason.

I know how fashion works.  In cycles.  Something’s in, and then it’s out.  So it shouldn’t surprise me that the same has happened for me and ballet flats.  The only surprise is that I truly never thought the day would come.

But it has.  Now if you think I’m purging my closet of all my ballets, you’re wrong.  After all, they’re classic.  Right?  Not classic enough to never have a moment out of the spotlight, but classic in that it’s unlikely anyone will ever see me wearing ballet flats and claim I’m hideously, preposterously out of touch with all good taste.

So, I’ll keep my ballets.  But right now, I’m just over them.

How about you?  Do you love ballets?  Do you stock-pile them like unnamed bloggers (okay, fine, like me)?  Are you over them?  Or did you never find them to be in good taste?  I need to know.


  • I’m kind of over them too, and I think a lot of it has to do with that’s what we wear all. the. time. here since you’re crazy to try and walk more than a few blocks in high heels. I just want more flat options. I’ve been buying lots of flat or 1-2″ heel ankle boots lately. Rounded toe, almond toe, pointy toe with short wedge. Much more exciting…equally comfortable.

    • Alexandra

      Lauren, I’m so glad I’m not alone! I’m loving ankle boots as well. I’d love to see them!

  • sandra

    i love my ballets. they are a classic staple in my closet and i can’t say i see it changing. but what works for one doesn’t work for all

    • Alexandra

      I know. Maybe I’m losing my mind. I can’t believe I feel this way. But I think it’s just because I’ve worn nothing but ballet flats for at least 5 years, and I just wore myself out on them. But I’m sure they’ll be back soon!

  • I love my J Crew flats! BUT, they changed the cut a little bit over the last few years, so once my current pairs (i have 4 of them, yikes!) wear out I’m going to have to find new ones. What are these pointy flats you speak of? I’m on the lookout for a “fancy” pair of flats.