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.
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.
Ballet Pumps, £17.99, H&M – buy now
Scrunched Leather Ballerinas, £135, Arket – buy now
Beige Leather Bow Ballerinas, £32.95, NA-KD – buy now
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, £135, Arket – buy now
Gathered Ballet Pumps, £12.99, H&M – buy now
Gathered leather ballerina, now £49.99, Mango – buy now
Leather Quilted Chisel Toe Ballet Pumps, £35, M&S – buy now
Woven Caged Ballerina Flats, £75, Charles & Keith – buy now
Leather Ballerina Shoes, £99, Cos – buy now
Leather Asymmetric Strap Ballerina Flats, £69, Charles & Keith – buy now
Wide Fit Lolly Mary Jane Ballet Flats, £18, ASOS DESIGN – buy now
Eleri Chenywood Nappa Leather Flats, now £78, Miista – buy now
Leather Pumps, £35, M&S Collection – buy now
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