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17 pairs of not-so-basic ballet pumps we’ll be wearing all summer

Alexa Chung approved.

Thought ballet pumps were over? Think again.

The controversial shoes have been firmly resting in the back of our wardrobes for over 10 years. Back then, stylish stars including Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller wore theirs 24/7, but like many trends, ballet flats eventually lost their sheen.

In 2021, as comfort has become one of the most important things when it comes to how we dress, they’re making their long-awaited reemergence – and they’re more stylish than ever.

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Alexa Chung wearing Loeffler Randall ballet pumps

The OG ballet pump-wearer Alexa Chung recently shared snaps of her wearing a pair of leather Loeffler Randall flats, complete with bridge elastic straps and bows, while influencers have been spotted wearing them more and more since the pandemic began. Believe it or not, they look cool again.

Pumps may have a bad reputation for being a ‘granny shoe,’ but it’s all about how you wear them. As well as Chung, influencer Nnenna Echem (above) is known for her innate ability to embrace colour and proves you can make any item your own with a little imagination.

So we’ve found 11 pairs of ballet flats that don’t compromise on style from Zara, Mango, Arket, H&M and more. With styles from just £18, they’re affordable, chic and comfy enough to wear all summer.

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Ballet pumps - Light yellow - Ladies | H&M GB

Ballet Pumps, £17.99, H&M – buy now

Scrunched Leather Ballerinas
£135 Arket

Scrunched Leather Ballerinas, £135, Arket – buy now

Beige Leather Bow Ballerinas NA-KD

Beige Leather Bow Ballerinas, £32.95, NA-KD – buy now

Leather Square Toe Ballerina Flats & Other Stories

Leather Square Toe Ballerina Flats, £69, & Other Stories – buy now


Leather Ballerinas, £29.99, Zara – buy now


Braided Ballet Flats, £100, Uterqüe – buy now


Gathered Leather Ballet Flats, £29.99, Zara – buy now

Scrunched Suede Ballerinas arket

Scrunched Suede Ballerinas, £135, Arket – buy now

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Gathered ballet pumps in Beige - Ladies | H&M GB

Gathered Ballet Pumps, £12.99, H&M – buy now

Gathered leather ballerina - Medium plane

Gathered leather ballerina, now £49.99, Mango – buy now

Leather Quilted Chisel Toe Ballet Pumps m&s

Leather Quilted Chisel Toe Ballet Pumps, £35, M&S – buy now

Woven Caged Ballerina Flats charles & keith

Woven Caged Ballerina Flats, £75, Charles & Keith – buy now


Leather Ballerina Shoes, £99, Cos – buy now

Leather Asymmetric Strap Ballerina Flats charles & keith

Leather Asymmetric Strap Ballerina Flats, £69, Charles & Keith – buy now

ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Lolly mary jane ballet flats in black

Wide Fit Lolly Mary Jane Ballet Flats, £18, ASOS DESIGN – buy now


Eleri Chenywood Nappa Leather Flats, now £78, Miista – buy now

Leather Pumps M&S Collection

Leather Pumps, £35, M&S Collection – buy now

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