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Ballet-core and the Everlasting Appeal of Sneakers

Ballet pumps triumph during the SS24 season—but fashion’s love for sneakers remains unscathed.


Ballet pumps were everywhere at the Spring/Summer 2024 womenswear fashion shows. From the runways of Proenza Schouler and Simone Rocha to the foot candy sported by front-row guests, ultra-feminine flats have fashion in a chokehold. Since FW22’s viral Miu Miu show, satin ballet shoes, velvet mary janes and Alaïa’s diamante-encrusted lambskin and fishnet styles have dominated the trend. Just like a great pair of sneakers, this womenswear Shoe of the Moment makes a statement about style and status, but it will need to evolve away from its elitist reputation to have a lasting legacy to match that of the performance-indebted sneaker.