Ballet flats with a twist: Trendy designs spice up this staple piece

Sweet little ballet flats continue to be a fashionable alternative to heels. While I love the simplicity of this classic staple, trendy new interpretations keep it fresh.

Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Play up the basic silhouette with a thin ankle wrap like these Gabriella Rocha Neve Ankle Strap Ballet Flats. Aside from being a great design element, the ankle strap creates a more secure fit. Pair these low-line leather shoes with your favorite pair of skinny capris and silky scarf for a new take on a retro Audrey Hepburn look.

This trend has a great DIY vibe to it. Instead of purchasing a new pair of ballet flats with an ankle strap, add an ankle strap to your favorite pair of flats. This can also be good way to try out the trend without making a big commitment. Simply sew a black elastic loop on the inside back of a pair of ballet flats. Wrap the elastic around your ankle, and then sew both ends to the middle back of the shoe. Slip your toes into this stretchy loop before putting your shoe.

Color blocked Ballet Flats

A jolt of color on this two-tone ballet flat from Rag & Bone adds a touch of excitement to these neutral flats. Wear with khakis and an ivory top along with a matching belt and purse for a subdued dose of color blocking, or punch up the look with a skirt in a contrasting color.

Pointy Toe Ballet Flats

Fierce reptile print combined with a pointy toe creates a trendy shoe that will not be ignored! A pair of Ivanka Trump Annul Snake Print Pointy Toe Flats brings uptown-style to jeans or your best little black cocktail dress. Reptile prints are a great twist on the popular animal prints.

Floral Print Ballet Flats

Geox Fragrance 1 Flats in Red Floral are begging to be worn with a sweet button down skirt and a floppy straw hat. You can capture the feeling of summer with the peep toe and cute bow, but also be ready to transition into early fall with these adorable flats.

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