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These Gap ballet flats are on pointe

FashionErika Lawson, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Coming in red, gold, green and lots of hues in between, the Gap cinch ballet flats that hit stores this Spring are leaving their footprint on the fashion world. 

Already a hit with some very fashionable ladies on Instagram, these rich-suede ballet flats with adjustable bows are a tribute to Gap's timeless style and colors that pop – 11 colors, to be exact.

In addition to coming in a range of signature Gap colors, ballet flats can be worn with nearly anything, from season to season, from day to night. Whether your preferred style season is summer, spring or fall, here are five ways to rock your ballet flats:

  1. T-shirt and jeans – With or without a short cardigan or long, chunky sweater.
  2. Casual dress – Find a color that makes your solid dress pop or choose one that compliments a pattern.
  3. Romper – Similar to the dresses, choose a color of ballet flat that pops your solid or compliments your pattern. 
  4. Long skirt – The long skirt can be tricky; you don't want to overload your colors. A nude or neutral flat is usually the way to go so you don't take away from the rest of the outfit. 
  5. Slacks – Sometimes business attire means a muted solid color, but make a statement with a pop of color in your footwear.

The ballet flat as we know it was introduced for comfort and style in 1941 by fashion designer Claire McCardell. She asked famed cobbler Salvatore Capezio to add a hard sole to his traditional ballet flats that had become popular with ballerinas. Capezio was famously known for reinventing the ballerina slipper to be more comfortable, which prompted its demand in the fashion world. Women wanted something easy, comfortable and fashionable, and the ballet flat was and still is it.

From there, stars like Bridgette Bardot and Audrey Hepburn made the ballet flats even more popular in the 1950s — further breaking barriers by wearing them with pants — setting the stage for what eventually became a classic look for Gap.

Gap cinch ballet flats are in stores and online now.