Steal That Style: Prima Ballerina Babies
Once used exclusively for ballet, the dance shoe design has made a big splash in the fashion world! While true ballet slippers are an adorable option for younger baby girls, as their feet rarely touch the pavement, the same features can be found for the toddler crowd as well in an assortment of flats on the market.
True to their star statuses as the possible future of Hollywood, celebrity babies have been spotted all around town sporting the trend. In the past week we saw both Stella Doreen McDermott, whose mom Tori Spelling opted for Baby Bloch Baby Duo ($50, save 10% with ballet10, expires 6/17/09), while out with her papa and Harlow Winter Kate Madden showing off black ballet shoes during a lunch date with mom Nicole Richie. Only days later, Stella celebrated her first birthday party in style wearing Sweet Shoes Sweet Jane Metallic in red. Not one to be outdone, Harlow has kept up with the craze: we have seen her in Sue London’s Infant Slipper ($102) quite a few times! Another fan of the ballet flat frenzy? Suri Cruise! She recently skipped across the street wearing her Nordstrom’s Bella Ballet Flats in Candy Red ($40) while holding dad Tom Cruise‘s hand.
Easy to slip on little feet and a great way to place the finishing touches on an outfit — much like Olympian Nikki Stone did for her princess Zali — ballet shoes are a fun and girly go-to shoe. If your little one is still too young for shoes, or you prefer to keep things simple with socks, try a faux ballet look with Trumpette’s Baby Ballerina socks ($24).
Steal That Style: Prima Ballerina Babies with the looks below!
Breaking Bank: We are loving Ralph Lauren Briley Leather Ballet Shoes ($40). A simple, yet elegant style, the suede shoe is leather lined and comes complete with a padded insole for baby girl. The soft satin bow also adds a sweet touch! For the same price, also check out Ralph Lauren Layette Ballet Slip-On ($40), which trades the bow for an elastic strap. While the price calls for the Chloe Leather Ballerinas ($113) to be a shoe reserved for special occasions, the luxurious leather may be irresistible for some proud new parents (or grandparents — we learned earlier this week that when Nicole Richie mentions Harlow needs shoes, Grandma Brenda responds with 20 pairs)! Great as a baby shower gift for a close friend, the adorable ballet shoes offer a unique look with the fabric that loops around the top of the shoe, ensuring no lost slippers.
Not Pinching Pennies: The Leather & Rose Ballet Slippers ($33) offer two options in one shoe: girls can use them for dancing or to add a chic twist to their outfit. We love that the ribbons can be tied up the ankle like a real ballerina, while the elastic strap makes sure the shoe stays in place. GUESS has several options: our favorites are their Sheen shoe ($36) and Sheen Suede ($36) flats. Be sure to take a peek at pazitos Ballerina shoes ($38), an adorable option which has turned the classic Mary Jane style into a ballet flat by placing a ribbon bow on the strap.
Bargain Buying: Adding a funky twist to a classic ballet shoe with cute cut-outs are Sweet Shoes Metallic Hot Pink Leather Sweet Janes ($30). With a big celebrity fan base (these are the shoes that Stella wore on her first birthday), Sweet Shoes did not disappoint with their ballet inspired kicks, which are not only handmade and come with a gripped bottom, but are also machine-washable! We also like IsaBooties’ Ballet Criss-Crossers ($29), a very colorful option that is recommended for babies first steps on soft surfaces. If you are searching for a shoe that would also work in a fancier setting, check out Target’s Circo Toddler Girls’ Janelle Glitter Ballet Flats ($13), a look that has been dressed up with a glitter finish and cute bow accent. For a much more casual look, consider Payless’ Infant Teeny Toes Jelly Ballet Flats ($11), adorable ballet inspired jellies that come with a velcro strap to make the shoe that much easier to slip on.