Ballerina Flats Are the New It Shoe, According to Meghan Markle and Hailey Bieber

While there's no denying the comfort and versatility of a flat, the popularity of the shoe (and the silhouette in which it is iterated), changes season after season. But celebrities like Sofia Richie, Hailey Bieber, and Meghan Markle — what with her strong sartorial influence on fans — are making sure that the ballerina flat sticks around for a while. Also spotted on many spring 2024 runways, including Tibi, where they were teamed with ankle socks in the same monochrome hue; Proenza Schouler, where they came in a sporty leather mesh; and Tory Burch, where they emitted both high octane glamour with gold hardware and effortlessness with a rounded edge, ballerina flats are reigning supreme well into the new year. It's only natural that the stars, with their stylists at the helm of emerging trends, already have their hands on quality flats. And some of the brands they're wearing don't have to break the bank.

While Markle recently showed her support of Chanel's iconic cap-toe, mixing high-low with a comparably affordable J.Crew contrast-trim cardigan, Claudia Sulewski's M.Gemi Danza flats are sold for just under $250, and Richie's velvet Mary-Janes from Le Monde Béryl scream "fall wardrobe essential" for $489. Mansur Gavriel is also known for its ballerina that fits like a glove and starts at $395, while Margaux's famous Demi is $225. Easier on the wallet are labels like Sam Edelman, with many styles currently on sale for under $100, H&M, which stocks an $18 pair in three shades, and Zara, where most options settle right around the $50 mark.

Ahead, get inspired by the latest celebrities showing how they wear ballerina flats, so you know exactly how you want to rock yours once they're in your possession, then shop our favorite comfortable flats on the market.

Gigi Hadid Wearing Ballerina Flats
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Gigi Hadid Wearing Ballerina Flats

Gigi Hadid nailed model-off-duty style during Paris Fashion Week, tapping into the ballet-flats trend outside the Miu Miu show. She wowed in the casual-yet-stylish look, styling the comfortable shoes with a maxi skirt, crop top, leather jacket, and fitted baseball cap.

Meghan Markle Wearing Ballerina Flats
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Meghan Markle Wearing Ballerina Flats

Markle stepped out in Chanel's classic cap-toe flats on day four of the 2023 Invictus Games, playing to the two-tone colorway with a contrast-trim J.Crew sweater that sent fans shopping, Staud tailored shorts cinched with a Givenchy logo belt, and jewelry by Cartier, Lorraine Schwartz, and Anita Ko.

Hailey Bieber Wearing Ballerina Flats

Bieber sported her go-to YSL slingback flats, adorned with gold chainlink hardware, with a boxy, oversize leather jacket and ornamental studs that drew attention back down to her shoes.

Sofia Richie Wearing Ballerina Flats

In September 2023, Sofia Richie opted for a lightweight Prada summer nightgown on a warm summer day in New York City, completing her look with Le Monde Béryl's velvet Mary-Jane flats and a wine-colored Hermès Kelly bag to match.

Claudia Sulewski Wearing Ballerina Flats

Sulewski packed her M.Gemi leather ballet flats for a trip to Italy, breaking up black accessories with a free-flowing maxi skirt and cinched tank from Brandy Melville.

Kendall Jenner Wearing Ballerina Flats
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Kendall Jenner Wearing Ballerina Flats

Jenner showed us the simplicity of styling ballet flats with cozy knitwear, finishing her neutral look with a leather tote shopper and dark skinny sunglasses.