The Chanel ballet flat

23 May 2017

Heels are super gorgeous and feminine, but let's not forget, not always that comfortable. Have you tried shopping on heels? If you did, you'll probably know that it's horrible. Luckily there's a stylish alternative for the heel, ballerina's. They can be worn during any occasion and are a more classic option than a sneaker. We bless Repetto for designing such comfortable shoes, but most of all, bless Coco Chanel for designing such pretty ones!

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Dancing through the street
A ballerina shoe can be defined as a lightweight shoe with a very flat and small heel, resembling a ballet shoe worn by dancers. The origin of the ballerina goes way back as the very first flat shoes, slightly looking like ballerina's, were worn in the 16th century. Century's later, the ballerina's, as we know them, we're first developed by Rosetto Repetto. Rosetto hand crafted a pair of ballet pointe's for her son, who was a ballet dancer and choreographer. Repetto was approached by bombshell Brigitte Bardot in 1956, who wanted a pair of ballet slippers, but with a heel, to wear for her role in the movie 'And God Created Woman'. Brigitte involved the ballerina's in her signature Parisian style. 

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Short feet, long legs!
Coco Chanel designed the iconic slingbacks in the 1950's, which ultimately led to the Chanel ballerina's. The slingbacks were inspired by the two toned men's shoes that Massaro designed. In fact, Coco asked Massaro for the womanly version of the two toned shoe. Coco hated her feet, as she though they were broad and big and therefore needed a shoe that shortened her feet. This exact same thing is done by the slingback, as the two toned shoe gives the illusion of shorter feet due to the black cap and the nude part elongates the legs. The ballerina is a derivative from the two toned slingback. 

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It's all in the details
Next to the inspiration coming from the slingbacks, the ballerina is also made from quilted leather, referring to the quilted handbags that Chanel makes. The CC stitching is another typical Chanel detail. Ofcourse it's no surprise that these comfortable alternatives of heels are a typical Chanel design, as Coco herself was a pioneer in comfortable clothing and shoes for woman. The ballerina's gained their popularity due to movie star Audrey Hepburn, who wore a pair in the film 'Funny Face'. With Audrey showing how to be feminine without wearing heels, she inspired many woman to lower their heel length. 

So scandalous
We're all convinced Chanel designed these beautiful ballet flats, but Christian Louboutin is not sharing our opinions. As a matter of fact, Christian claims that he was the designer of the ballerina's. He had a brief period as a designer at Chanel, where he designed shoes for the brand. He thinks he deserves credit for designing the iconic Chanel flats. We're not so sure, since Coco's signature is clearly coming through.

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Best friends
The Chanel flats are still a big hit and loved by many woman. The flats are most of the time the first Chanel purchase, as they are one of the most affordable pieces from the Chanel collection. Ofcourse, flats are easy to wear during any occasion and can be worn with anything. Whether you're rocking your skinny jeans or are flaunting around in your LBD, ballerina's always do it good! Because the back of the Chanel ballerina doesn't go as far up as normal flats, you're guaranteed a blister free walk. Chanel will never go out of style, so these shoes will the best companion of your feet, for years to come.