Ballet flats have become so ubiquitous, we think nothing of slipping on a pair for every occasion. But not all ballet flats are made for the same occasions though.
I’ve been amassing them with a vengeance since the time Carla Bruni still had a -Sarkozy attached to her last name. I took that as legal excuse to wear flats to every occasion (a president’s approval has to mean something right?), and since the time I figured class was better channeled in kitten-heeled slingbacks than tottering around in three-inches. (Believe me, it takes too much finesse, endurance, and teeth-gritting after two hours of even just standing around at fashion week and I’ve traded in my Choos save for really special occasions)
Anyways, back to ballet flats. As such, I’ve categorized them into ones for everyday wear, my London Soles for days I predict are not going to see rainfall, and Ferragamo Varinas for occasions and days that are definitely not going to see any rainfall.
There are the go-to classic ballerina flats out there that have become classics; from Repetto, Tory Burch to Chloe, but I’ll say there’s definitely room for yet another one.
Introducing the SAINT LAURENT DANCE by Hedi Slimane just this 2013, I’d say at first glance they don’t look any different from say, any other ballerina flat. But if you’ve been wearing the classics for some time, you’ll know that the beauty is in the construction. Combining comfort and support, the ballerina flats are cut in soft and smooth leather with a simple knotted bow in waxed cotton.
I love the accompanying black and white video directed by Slimane. Ballerina flats were first adapted from ballet slippers worn by ballerina dancers, for everyday wear. With the video, I thought he managed to capture the poetry and romance of the dance, infusing it with a vampish childlikeness as model Gracie Van Gastel twirls around and around with a hoola hoop in a babydoll dress and of course, ballerina flats.
As with any well-made luxury item without a brand name emblazoned, only those in the know will lean over and inquire discreetly Is that a SAINT LAURENT DANCE I see?
Images: Saint Laurent