Steal That Style: Prima Ballerina Babies

06/10/2009 at 01:30 PM ET
Celebrity Baby Blog – Steal That Style

Once used exclusively for ballet, the dance shoe design has made a big splash in the fashion world! While true ballet slippers are an adorable option for younger baby girls, as their feet rarely touch the pavement, the same features can be found for the toddler crowd as well in an assortment of flats on the market.

True to their star statuses as the possible future of Hollywood, celebrity babies have been spotted all around town sporting the trend. In the past week we saw both Stella Doreen McDermott, whose mom Tori Spelling opted for Baby Bloch Baby Duo ($50, save 10% with ballet10, expires 6/17/09), while out with her papa and Harlow Winter Kate Madden showing off black ballet shoes during a lunch date with mom Nicole Richie. Only days later, Stella celebrated her first birthday party in style wearing Sweet Shoes Sweet Jane Metallic in red. Not one to be outdone, Harlow has kept up with the craze: we have seen her in Sue London’s Infant Slipper ($102) quite a few times! Another fan of the ballet flat frenzy? Suri Cruise! She recently skipped across the street wearing her Nordstrom’s Bella Ballet Flats in Candy Red ($40) while holding dad Tom Cruise‘s hand.

Easy to slip on little feet and a great way to place the finishing touches on an outfit — much like Olympian Nikki Stone did for her princess Zali — ballet shoes are a fun and girly go-to shoe. If your little one is still too young for shoes, or you prefer to keep things simple with socks, try a faux ballet look with Trumpette’s Baby Ballerina socks ($24).

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Steal That Style: Prima Ballerina Babies with the looks below!

Ralph Lauren Briley Leather Ballet Shoes

Breaking Bank: We are loving Ralph Lauren Briley Leather Ballet Shoes ($40). A simple, yet elegant style, the suede shoe is leather lined and comes complete with a padded insole for baby girl. The soft satin bow also adds a sweet touch! For the same price, also check out Ralph Lauren Layette Ballet Slip-On ($40), which trades the bow for an elastic strap. While the price calls for the Chloe Leather Ballerinas ($113) to be a shoe reserved for special occasions, the luxurious leather may be irresistible for some proud new parents (or grandparents — we learned earlier this week that when Nicole Richie mentions Harlow needs shoes, Grandma Brenda responds with 20 pairs)! Great as a baby shower gift for a close friend, the adorable ballet shoes offer a unique look with the fabric that loops around the top of the shoe, ensuring no lost slippers.

Leather & Rose Ballet Slippers

Not Pinching Pennies: The Leather & Rose Ballet Slippers ($33) offer two options in one shoe: girls can use them for dancing or to add a chic twist to their outfit. We love that the ribbons can be tied up the ankle like a real ballerina, while the elastic strap makes sure the shoe stays in place. GUESS has several options: our favorites are their Sheen shoe ($36) and Sheen Suede ($36) flats. Be sure to take a peek at pazitos Ballerina shoes ($38), an adorable option which has turned the classic Mary Jane style into a ballet flat by placing a ribbon bow on the strap.

Sweet Shoes Metallic Sweet Janes

Bargain Buying: Adding a funky twist to a classic ballet shoe with cute cut-outs are Sweet Shoes Metallic Hot Pink Leather Sweet Janes ($30). With a big celebrity fan base (these are the shoes that Stella wore on her first birthday), Sweet Shoes did not disappoint with their ballet inspired kicks, which are not only handmade and come with a gripped bottom, but are also machine-washable! We also like IsaBooties’ Ballet Criss-Crossers ($29), a very colorful option that is recommended for babies first steps on soft surfaces. If you are searching for a shoe that would also work in a fancier setting, check out Target’s Circo Toddler Girls’ Janelle Glitter Ballet Flats ($13), a look that has been dressed up with a glitter finish and cute bow accent. For a much more casual look, consider Payless’ Infant Teeny Toes Jelly Ballet Flats ($11), adorable ballet inspired jellies that come with a velcro strap to make the shoe that much easier to slip on.

— Anya

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SweetDiva on

Do they provide enough support to young feet? If doctors are warning adults about flip-flops and ballerina flats, I would think the warning would go double for children.

N on

This gal is closed for the summer, but makes amazing shoes! Her ballet flats come in lots of colors and she has tons of other options, just keep her bookmarked!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23669953

These are super adorable, too. And VERY well made! But, order them early from both places because they are all handmand and can get backed up!

http://graciousmay.com/item_32/Pale-Pink-on-Green-Damask–Maryjane.htm

N on

PS… I still want Suri’s dress in the picture!

chiara on

Hi, I just noticed you guys chose the Sweet Shoes that I have on my store, Chi Chi Bean. One of your readers made a comment asking about support — these are great for pre-walkers and babies that are learning to walk. They are soft yet supportive with their quadruple layer soft soles. Made of 100% leather they mold to the foot allowing for proper development. Also, you can wear them outside as they have rubber threads. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks so much!
Chiara,

Anon on

Flip flops are soooo bad for children. Seeing them on tiny kids annoys me.

aurora mia on

A $102 for baby shoes??????????????? OMG I dont even spend that much on me and my feet have stopped growing!!

Kate on

Who cares about Suri’s shoes…I want to know where I can get her dress! I love the shades of green and the style is so cute, lucky for me I’m having a girl in Oct! I’d love to track that dress down.

Mandee on

The dress is a special edition I believe by Helena & Harry from over a year ago.

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