Every summer, my mom used to buy ballet shoes from a little store in France, near where we went on vacation. The shop was very hard to find but worth it once you arrived. The low-cut olive and lavender flats were made by an old man somewhere in the dark space behind the shelves, and, if we were lucky, we'd get a pair too. When it shut down, I was lost until I discovered Repetto. Made in France and dating back to 1947, Repetto has proved its timelessness by equipping everyone from Roland Petit (the French choreographer whose own mother started the brand) to Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot.
This season, Repetto's soft leather ballerinas come in pale patent green, marine suede, and snakeskin-embossed blush. Building on the company's founding commitment to producing functional dancewear, the collection also offers up newer shapes: suede dance sneakers finished with rubber soles, and heeled "Go-Go" oxfords.