Ballet flats are wardrobe staples, and with good reason. Not only are they timeless and chic, they get bonus points for being versatile and easy on the feet. Fortunately, comfortable shoes are still enjoying their time in the style spotlight, but if the slip-on sneakers or laid-back Birkenstocks (or even plain ballet flats) of recent seasons aren't your cup of tea, perhaps the lace-up ballet flat is. Equal parts feminine and edgy, the lace-up flat strikes the right balance between comfort and sex appeal. Need more reasons to love them? The pointed toe silhouette elongates the leg, while the lace-up detail highlights the foot and ankle. Plus, they make every outfit look more polished and they're so easy to wear.
Channel a cool and effortless model off-duty vibe like your favorite fashion blogger with skinny jeans and a moto jacket, or elevate them with a ladylike look for fancier occasions with a flirty skirt and crisp blouse.
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The Isabel Marant "Leo" and the Aquazurra "Belgravia" and "Christy" flats are fashion blogger favorites, but if you aren't on board with the nearly $700 price points, there are plenty of more affordable styles to suit your budget. Below, six of my top picks under $130.
1. Topshop "Leather Kingdom", $95 (also in red)
2. Jeffrey Campbell "Atrium", $129.95 (also in black)
3. Asos "Lana", $55
4. Asos "Lift Off", $45
5. Go Jane, $21.10 (other colors available)
6. Free People "Shay", $130 (also in red, taupe, dark brown, and navy)
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