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The classic style is this year’s must-have shoe and deserves a place in every wardrobe – here’s our pick of the best pairs to choose from

The best classic ballet pumps

Assigned to the style wilderness since the mid-noughties, the humble ballet pump is now firmly back as everyone’s favourite footwear go-to. From its emergence in the 1940s as a dance shoe reimagined for everyday wear, to being adopted by style icons such as Brigette Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, ballet pumps have a rich style heritage.

Ballet pumps were traditionally black or pink but are now available in a rainbow of colours from neutrals to brights, with the trademark bow often in a contrasting colour. We love this blush pair that has a chic brown trim: perfect for wearing to work or for weekend wear, whether teamed with your favourite jeans or something a little more dressed up.

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Square-toed ballet pumps

If you’re a fan of wearing ballet pumps, you’re in luck – there are so many new iterations to choose from. We’re loving this square-toed pair that’s available in black, striking silver and chic ivory. With a pared-back design, padded inner and Insolia technology for comfort, they effortlessly combine sophistication and comfort. These denim ballet pumps also have our pulses racing – wear with your favourite double denim outfit for an on-trend head-to-toe look.

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Mary Jane-style ballet pumps

You can’t have failed to notice that Mary Jane-style ballet flats have become the must-have footwear style of 2024, appearing everywhere from the catwalk to influencers’ must-have hauls. This elevated take on the classic shoe has the addition of an iconic Mary Jane-style strap, often in velvet or a bold pop of colour. This shimmering gold pair is one of our favourites and will take you from parties to dressed-up brunches, adding impact to pretty much any outfit. We also like these suede studded ballet pumps that are available in black or tan.

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Denim flat ballet pumps. Shop now
Perfect for summer dressing, whatever your plans
Tan woven flat ballet pumps. Shop now
We’re loving the woven texture of this leather pair
Patterned ballet pumps. Shop now
Make a statement with White Stuff’s striking design
White ballet pumps. Shop now
Choose classic white this summer for wear-everywhere appeal

Words: Sarah Lafarge

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