‘Back To School’ with the VALENTINO Garavani Ballerinas

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Since its beginnings, the ballet flat has told a refined story of effortlessness and ease. Its low-profile silhouette, rounded toe and delicate details make it a daywear must have, versatile enough to be paired with innumerable pieces. Now, Maison Valentino is making the silhouette its own by adding distinctive allure to the foundational flats.

To headline the selection, the brand looks to its storied Rockstud, a pillar that has evoked the rebel personality of punk since it was first unveiled in 2010. Running along the uppers of the new ballet flats, the sharp studded detail contrasts with the polished nature of the shoe, echoing Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s own interest in bringing disparate inspirations together. Rendered in everything from Ivory to crystal-encrusted leopard print, the selection highlights Valentino’s prowess in craftsmanship and savoir-faire, with a special wrap-up variation featuring statement studs all along the lace-up straps. Available in satin, patent leather and the iconic Toile Iconographe fabric, each flat is adorned with these metallic elements, the Maison’s bow detail that introduces an endearing addition to the mix. With their punk spirit and bourgeois elegance, the Valentino Garavani Rockstud ballerinas balance refined design with contemporary taste.

In addition to the Rockstud offering, the Maison also brings other inspirations onto the new Valentino Garavani ballerinas. The Toile Iconographe ballet flats offer daytime ease, featuring the all-over VLogo, delicate bow detail and elastic strap. As an evening option, a variation in midnight black features shimmering crystals in the celebrated pattern. For a subtle take on a celebrated style, the Maison is also presenting the Valentino Garavani Tan-Go flats, merging the proportions of its popular platform heels into a low-profile shape and exuding feminine sophistication. Rendered in hues from classic black and Rose Cannelle to more pronounced Pink PP and sparkling iterations, the flats are a means of expression and the building blocks for effortless outfits.

As the ballet flat stages its return, Valentino takes the staple silhouette and introduces its own iconic motifs, giving way to an offering as essential as it is unexpected. Find the new array of Valentino Garavani ballet flats as part of the Urban Riviera Fall 2023 collection, in stores and on