Fashion has long enjoyed a love affair with the humble ballet pump, with the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss pioneering them throughout the years. But more recently, they have been pushed aside for pointy patent pumps, brogues, lace ups and even trainers. They were thrown to the bottom of the bargain bin at the end of last decade. However, these super simple slip ons are enjoying yet another comeback, proving that they’ll never stay down for long.
From Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot in the Fifties to Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in the early Noughties, ballet pumps have long been worn by the chicest of women and have drifted in and out of fashion for decades. Due to their simplicity, they have never gone totally out style, but have certainly suffered from a less than perfect reputation in the past few years.
However, this summer has seen a major revival in the world of this flat shoe, proving that they are – and perhaps always will be – the most classic flattie of them all. From Rosie Fortescue to Vanessa Hudgens, Karlie Kloss and Elsa Hosk, fashion’s most stylish women are again making ballet pumps a staple part of their ever-so-chic wardrobes.
And it’s not just the fash pack who are back on board. The autumn catwalks were full of this new wave of ballerina, with designers from Celine to Barbara Cassasola reigniting the timeless trend.
It’s safe to say that the time has come to get your ballet pumps back out.
If you’re in the market for a shiny new pair then worry not, the high street is more than catering for you. The best thing about ballet pumps is that they are beyond affordable and come in so many shades and prints that you can make them work for any ensemble!
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We’re totally in love with Topshop’s selection, including these gorgeous snakeskin pumps, which come at the bargain price of £16. If you fancy a block colour print, take yourself over to ASOS who have a lovely pair that Ms Hepburn would definitely approve of.
And if you want to invest in a more sturdy pair – after all, these shoes are clearly going to be worn for decades – head over to French Sole, who do ballet pumps better than anyone. We’ve got our eyes on the green.
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By Amy de Klerk