JSYK: A World-Famous Sex Symbol Popularized Ballet Flats

When you think about the wardrobe of a famous sex bomb, body-con dresses and sky-high stilettos pop to mind, right? But in another lesson about the dangers of typecasting, I’ve got a shoe connection that’ll blow your mind. It was Brigitte Bardot, sex kitten supreme, who brought the ballet slipper from dance studios to the street.


French brand Repetto has crafted shoes and more for dancers for decades, but it’s also known as an It brand for everyday flats (when I researched about spots to shop during my first trip to Paris a few years ago, tons of girls told me to search out the Repetto store—while they’re sold online, distribution isn’t huge and they sell out quickly). Chatting with someone from the brand recently, I learned that all of us modern shoe-lovers have Miss Bardot to thank.

“Rose Repetto was making true ballet flats for dancers in the late 1940s, and Bardot, trained as a dancer, asked her to create something as soft and comfortable and flexible as a ballet shoe,” a statement from the company read. “Cendrillon was born, and the year was 1956.”

The relationship was officially confirmed when Brigitte wore the slippers-as-shoes in And God Created Women in 1956.

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