The ballet flat revival that began last year remains in full swing. And why wouldn’t it? The shoe is practical, versatile and, as Tory told Vogue in an interview last year, its sheer simplicity lends itself to endless creative evolution. And yet, we always come back to a classic. Enter: the Claire, which nods to Tory’s blockbuster ballet flat origins but with decidedly modern proportions: clean lines, a high vamp. It’s refined yet discreetly designed with a view to comfortable all-day wear: an extra padded sole with rubber pods and a ruched heel that ensures a secure fit.
The Claire was named after American designer Claire McCardell, who introduced ballet flats in the 1940s, one of her many innovations that merged practicality and elegance. As the story goes, McCardell asked dancewear manufacturer Capezio to make a version of its ballet slipper with a hard sole that could be worn on the street, and a footwear star was born.