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

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Thought ballet pumps were over? Think again.

The controversial shoes have been firmly in the back of our wardrobes for over 10 years, when 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, when comfort is the most important thing when it comes to how we dress, they’re making their long-awaited reemergence.

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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.

Pumps may have a bad reputation for being a ‘granny shoe,’ but it’s all about how you wear them. 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. With styles from just £18, they’re affordable, chic and comfy enough to wear all summer.

BRAIDED BALLET FLATS uterque

Braided Ballet Flats, £100, Uterqüe – buy now

GATHERED LEATHER BALLET FLATS zara

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

Scrunched Suede Ballerinas arket

Scrunched Suede Ballerinas, £135, Arket – buy now

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Leather ballet pumps h&m

Leather Ballet Pumps, now £32, H&M – buy now

Gathered leather ballerina - Medium plane

Gathered leather ballerina, £59.99, 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

SQUARE TOE LEATHER BALLERINA SHOES cos

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

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

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