We go back in time, to 1581. Le Ballet Comique de la Reine, which is considered to be the first ballet and conducive to the journey of this dance genre starting from France, started the fashion journey of not only ballet culture but also ballet shoes. The journey of this design type, whose seeds were planted long ago, started with Rose Repetto's desire to design a professional ballet shoe for her ballet dancer son Roland Petit. These shoes also symbolize the birth of the iconic ballet brand Repetto in 1947.
It didn't take long for Repetto to draw attention when he started designing ballet flats that would not only be suitable for the professional use of ballerinas and ballet dancers, but also daily use. Ballet flats are universalizing their place in the fashion scene as iconic French shoes with the clothing of women like Bridigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, who cannot fit into a single period and inspire with their style.
Although his birth story is compatible with a ballet dancer. It can be said that ballet flats are more common in women's wardrobes. But it's time to ignore the outdated fashion matches. The way to have style is not to compare ourselves to the photographs we see; seeing designs as a puzzle piece and moving away from definitions and adapting them to our reality. Shoe designers are also aware of this fact and have already started to change their course in this direction. Ballets take their place in the collections of well-established avant-garde design houses such as Maison Margiela, as well as brands that serve alternative and contemporary fashion such as Bode and Dries van Noten.
In the past Paris, Milan, and New York fashion weeks, we started to see flats in men's looks. Although some are not used to it yet; We hope to see this trend, which will bring elegance and light to the streets, in men's fashion in the coming months.