You’ll probably be unsurprised to hear that the shoes in question come from luxury, Olsen twins–owned label The Row. After all, their track record for creating the most coveted shoes is impressive to say the least. Lest we forget those zip-front boots, flatform flip-flops and ubiquitous fisherman sandals that remain on most-wanted lists years after their release. Fashion’s latest The Row obsession, however, comes in the form of a dainty ballet pump—basically cementing the return of the millennial flats, in case you were wondering. As with most Row pieces, their beauty is in their simplicity: They feature a barely there sole and buttery-soft leather in a range of muted colours, with a simple elastic strap over the top of the foot to give a Mary Jane–esque finish. Comfy and timeless—it’s a win-win.
The Row’s ballet flats have in fact been a fixture in its collections for a while now, but as experts in spotting when a cult buy is really gaining traction, we can almost certainly confirm that 2023 is going to be the year you start seeing everyone wearing them. Queen of cool, minimalist style Kendall Jenner has been spotted in the classic black pair recently. And a little closer to home, Who What Wear columnist and all-round tastemaker Monikh just posted the burgundy iteration with the caption, “Spring 23, we’re ready.” Fashion has spoken.