Pointe Guard

The ballet slipper has been a staple for the hip crowd even when platform shoes are all the rage. For spring the dainty look is stepping back in style

The favored casual footwear of 1950s style icons like Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren, ballet slippers got an added dose of sex appeal once Brigitte Bardot donned a pair and was photographed kicking up her nonheels—literally. Over the past few seasons, the slipper has resurfaced on style setters like Kate Moss and such fashionable starlets as Sienna Miller and Mischa Barton. Even Hollywood heavyweights, like Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez, have been spotted everywhere from movie premieres to the grocery store opting for the low-key look.

Chanel, whose hand-sewn shoes take more than two days and 100 steps to...

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