The Return Of The Ballet Pump: 23 of The Best

We’re channelling Audrey Hepburn via Noughties Kate Moss with this pick of ballet pumps.

Recent seasons have gone big on floaty dresses paired with great big hulking boots or hefty trainers. But there has been a quiet resurgence of a somewhat more refined trend that was everywhere in the noughties before, if not disappearing, then taking a back seat: the classic ballet pump.

Beloved of Kate Moss in her heady, halcyon Primrose Hill, skinny jeans-wearing days, the ballet pump is back – from the classic to the super on-trend square toed rendition. And what’s not to love? They are comfortable, endlessly elegant and they go with everything. Plus, they’re so slimline, they fit easily into your handbag, meaning that you can slip them when you’ve had enough of teetering on heels (after five minutes, as far as we’re concerned), or swap your trainers for a chicer flat for an evening look.

The true fashion cognoscenti never actually consigned these beauties to the back of the wardrobe; rather they became a classic, as opposed to an au courant, style. After all, no look pioneered by the graceful Audrey Hepburn could ever truly slide out of favour. But now, however, they’re back in a big way, and these are our very favourites.

By Nancy Alsop
August 2020


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Repetto Yellow Cendrillon Ballerina Flats, NOW £149


Bow Leather Ballerina, £49

French Sole

Amelie Red Velvet Textile, £120

Pretty Ballerinas

Shirley, £169


Square Toe Ballerina Shoes, £99


Laminated Calfskin and Grosgrain, £740

Russell and Bromley

Impression Flat Pump, £195


Tied T Bar Mules, £29.99


Tri-Coloured Flats In Coral and Green Leather, €79.20

Emma Hope

Criss Cross Ribbon Ballet – Old Gold, £399

Anna Baiguera

Annetteflex Natur White, NOW €132


Halliday Gold Square Tow Ballet Pump, £75

Blue Velvet

Lilly, £125

Russell and Bromley

Charming Quilted Ballet Flat, £185

Matches Fashion

Mansur Gavriel, NOW £220


Lucky Pointed Ballet Flats in Orange, £14

My Theresa

Loewe Leather Pumps, £525. NOW £367


Soft Leather Slippers, £135

Repetto Nadège Slingbacks, £315

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Pointed Leather Ballerina Flats, NOW £44


Forward Knit Ballet Flats, £45


Leather Mesh Ballet Flats, £135

Nancy Alsop


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