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The ballet sneaker can also be genderless

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Anna Frattini

We’ve talked a lot about girlhood, from its evolution in the past year to the photographs of Kristina Rozhkova and Sophia Wilson. In short, it has been one of our favorite topics in recent months. Today, we return to the issue by talking about shoes, specifically sneakers. When I read Nicole DeMarco‘s article on The Cut, Behold, the Ballet Sneaker, I immediately thought of the glittery purple Repetto ones I had when I was little. Simultaneously, I found myself looking at the shoes I wear today: the incredibly comfortable Salomon XT-6 that I wear almost every day. The purple Repettos got lost in the depths of my parents’ attic, and over time I stopped wearing ballet flats because everyone told me they weren’t the right shoes for me. Today, I no longer care about others’ opinions on my shoes, and with the return of balletcore, I dusted off some chrome brown Porselli shoes that are perfect for the warmer seasons. Plus, I discovered that the ballet sneaker can also be genderless. Let’s discover how.

My lost Repettos vaguely resembled this model found on Pinterest

Salomon’s genderless ballet sneaker

Today, I no longer care about others’ opinions on my shoes, and with the return of balletcore, I dusted off some chrome brown Porselli shoes that are perfect for the warmer seasons. Going back to the ballet sneaker, The Cut talks about Simone Rocha’s ballet trackers introduced by the designer in September 2020, recognizing in them a fusion of ballet pump and a more technical shoe. Meanwhile, Salomon also thought there was a need for an unconventional ballet flat and released the RX Marie-Jeanne.

The RX Marie-Jeanne presents an unexpected aesthetic, aiming to combine Salomon’s functionality with the fluid lines of the classic Mary Jane, a timeless shoe. The tones are extremely minimal. There’s a bold black, a vanilla, and a gray. The RX is easy to pack due to its lightweight nature and can clearly be worn by anyone. This genderless aspect – evident also in the launch campaign – is the aspect that makes us reflect more on the evolution of a model like the Mary Jane. Immortal, yes, but also adaptable to different generational styles and changes.

All the ballet sneakers that come to mind

DeMarco’s article also features other shoes that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a few weeks now, the Heaven by Marc Jacobs x Kiko Kostadinov x Asics Gel-Lokros. A true subversion of the ballet flat as we know it, these shoes consecrate this type of footwear as a true hybrid destined for great success in the coming months. In the past, there have also been those designed a few years ago by Hoka in collaboration with Brain Dead and the Asics x Cecile Bahnsen.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da @kikokostadinov

In writing this piece, the hope is not only to find my glittery Repettos again but also to see more ballet flats around – especially when paired with the sneaker world. Not only genderless but also in more creative ways. In short, we love the monochrome of the RX Marie-Jeanne, but perhaps we also need wild colors to satisfy our (especially my) adolescent taste. Most likely, I am probably stuck at the age when I used to beg my mother to buy me shoes in absurd colors – never ignoring those with glitter – that in most cases I was embarrassed to wear but never forgot.

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