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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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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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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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Words: Sarah Lafarge