Ballet flats: the new men's fashion must-have?

'Sleek, barely there footwear' is blurring traditional gender divisions

Ballet flats for men
Model turned creative director Richard Biedul wears ballet flats to the COS show in Paris in April
(Image credit: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

The "strangest trend in men's shoes" has emerged this year – ballet slippers.

According to The Wall Street Journal, fashion designers, celebrities and notable trendsetters have been spotted wearing the shoes over the past few seasons. They also appeared on the Paris runway for the brands Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander, as well as "rising New York label" Bode, the newspaper said.

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