Black ballet flats are necessary basics. I love carrying around a pair in my car for quick changes. But the nature of basics means that they can be, you know – basic. These edgy updates have unusual dimensions and sometimes outright morbid embellishments (thank you, McQueen!) that’ll make them the prima ballerinas of your outfit – the kind Natalie Portman would wear on a dark day. So will you dance the Black Swan?
Chloe 10MM Leather and Satin Ballerina Flats: No, these aren’t regulation ballet shoes, but with the satin straps, they do look like it! The flats are available in classic pale pink, but that won’t match as much as the black – just another reason to go dark. On Luisa via Roma for $501.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes Patent-Leather Ballet Flats: The spikes on these patent Pigalles couldn’t do any real damage, but they’re definitely a good intimidation tactic. On Net-a-Porter for $995.
Lanvin Point: The sinister texture of watersnake is perfectly contrasted by just a hint of blood red ribbon trim. Simple enough to wear with mostly anything, but not a bit boring! At Barneys New York for $740.
Alexander McQueen Skull-Embellished Watersnake Ballet Flats: These classic black flats are crowned with McQueen’s signature skull for a knockout punch of attitude. On Net-a-Porter for $795.
Giuseppe Zanotti Plated Heel Ballet Flat: The guy behind you who steps on your heels will be sorry now! It’s not about offense, just defense. At Barneys New York for $575.