Audrey Hepburn & Brigitte Bardot Helped To Popularize Ballet Flats

See the evolution of this shoe, ahead.

by Sophia Moore
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Ballet flats are a wardrobe essential and have been for decades. Here, TZR compiled a non-exhaustive list of the impact that these shoes had in fashion. Ahead, read up on the history of ballet flats and its evolution throughout time.

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1700s to 1800s

Flat shoes, akin to ballet flats, existed during medieval times in the form of court shoes. (The flat, pointed style was worn by aristocrats.) The ballet flat as many know of them today, however, were inspired by ballet slippers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Heritage Images/Hulton Archive/Getty Images