Les Ballerines

Repetto-artworkSince 1947, Repetto has been making dance shoes of the highest quality. Rose Repetto was guided by the needs of her son, dancer and choreographer at the Opéra de Paris, Roland Petit. In 1956, Brigitte Bardot asked for a street shoe that would look like a ballet slipper to wear during the film Et dieu créa la femme (And God created woman), and the Cendrillon (Cinderella) ballet flat was born.

repetto_bb_elleAfter that, the company added heels, boots, and bags to the line. The famous shoes are all made in France in St Médard d’Excideuil, in the Dordogne. Over the years, Repetto has  engaged in creative partnerships with designers as diverse as Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld, and Yohji Yamamoto.  Now, Repetto enthusiasts can even create personalized shoes by choosing from 252 different shades of lambskin and combining them with different trimmings and laces. Just last year, they introduced dance-inspired ready-to-wear that evokes the grace of a classical ballerina.

Repetto-RTW-3The word for ballet flats is les ballerines (lay bal-ur-een). I can’t do a single pirouette, but Repetto shoes make me believe that’s in the realm of possibilities.

51JPyNjD4CL__SL75_La danse – Le ballet de l’Opéra poster

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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5 Responses to Les Ballerines

  1. And here I sit in my J. Crew ballerines….What a fascinating backstory!

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