We all have Ballet Flats in multi colors and variations.
Also known as Ballerina Flats, Skimmers, Dolly Shoes, and Ballet Pumps, these are shoes with very low or no heels and short vamps, showing the instep of a woman’s foot.
Ballet Flats were shoes worn by men and women since at least the 16th century.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Ballet Flats lost popularity due to the invention of heeled shoes when Catherine de’ Medici requested her cobbler to add 2 inch heels to her wedding shoes. Heels went out of fashion when Marie Antoinette wore heeled shoes to the guillotine.
We own the fame of Ballet Flats. After French actress Brigitte Bardot wore a pair of Repetto’s flats, the trend of the ballet shoe launched into iconic status.
Ballet Flats got established as permanent fashion item by Audrey Hepburn, who wore a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans in the film Funny Face in 1957.
Ballet Flats can be fetched today at $19.99-$1000 plus.
What dictates the price of ballet flats is where they are made, what material are they made out of and who sells the shoes.
Leather Ballet Flats, with leather lining and leather soles, start at no less than $200. All-leather shoes are the most expensive footwear made today. If you add “made in Italy” to the equation, Ballet Flats will cost about $300.
Good ballet flats will be produced by a factory with a long tradition of making this type of women’s shoes. This guarantees long-lasting comfort and long-lasting shoes.
I recommend getting good quality ballet flats especially for women who experience problems with fit. Cheap shoes are simply poorly made and graded. If you find a brand, which fits well and lasts – stick to it and enjoy!
At Autograf New York, we work only with very experienced shoemakers from Italy. We use classic lasts and constructions to make sure we absolutely provide comfort and great fit.
We offer most of our styles in sizes US4-US13.
Hopefully in the near future we can also offer sizes 14 & 15.
Be patient with us – we are working on it!
With more than 15 years of experience designing for women’s fashion brands, award-winning shoe designer Monika Kusinska launched Autograf New York in 2014. Driven by her personal endeavor to find well-made, comfortable shoes in uncommon sizes in the United States, Kusinska-Paez decided to bring the luxury of high-quality, Italian leather shoes stateside. In 2000, she attended Parsons School of Design with a concentration on footwear, and later designed for women’s shoe brands including Ann Taylor, Fossil, Lucchese and Camuto Group.