Return Of The Ballet Pump

All Anyone Wants Right Now Is A Great Pair Of Ballet Pumps

Ballet pumps might not have the swagger of cowboy boots or the sex appeal of stilettos, but somehow they’ve still managed to edge out the competition as the coolest shoe of 2024 (already). 

Naturally, celebrities have slipped on styles with designer pedigree, like The buckled fishnet take from Alaïa  – lots of love has been shown for these. And Alexa Chung loves the satin Miu Miu pump. 

 Yes, heels are being eschewed in favour of ballerinas. Most recently, at the Golden Globes, Billie Eilish wore a pair of Mary Janes (with a small block heel) that she’d found in a thrift shop. And it’s not just the celebs. If you are desperately seeking the perfect pair of pumps, you’re not alone, as illustrated by the fact that Google searches for ballet pumps have increased by a mighty 400% in the past few days, 

Most of the designer versions listed above are either sold-out or have low levels of stock left. Happily, there are so many other options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And clearly, this is not a fashion item restricted to high price tags – there is a ballet pump for all budgets.

If you want a no-frills classic with ‘forever buy’ credentials, River Island or Zara. For styling tips follow Gigi Hadid, who recently wore hers with a simple uniform of a white shirt and black trousers in New York. Because their personality is pretty (and just a little prissy), ballet pumps need a bit of toughening up. So instead of wearing them with something soft, send mixed messages with retro tracksuit bottoms and sporty sunglasses or a lived-in leather jacket and low-slung baggy jeans.


Valentino Rockstud Ballet Pumps

Price: £780

You may remember when these became a sensation some years ago but now, they’re being revived by a host of street stylers.


M&S Bow Flat Ballet Pumps

Price: £22.50

An easy way to inject some colour into your wardrobe, these flats have a classic shape and Insolia Flex technology to ensure maximum comfort.


COS Pointed Heel Pumps

Price: £135

If you’re in need of pumps that feel a bit more polished, COS’ super-pointy pair is just right. Try with oversized tailoring.


Miu Miu Logo Ballet Pumps

Price: £700

Despite hitting peak popularity a couple of seasons ago, Miu Miu’s logo pumps are still in high demand. With low stock across all sizes, you’ll need to be quick if you want a pair for yourself.


Boden Ballet Pumps

Price: £90

The slightly squared toe on Boden’s ballet flats give them a chic edge. The classic black will go with everything but they do also come in patent, red, pink and even leopard print.


Everlane The Day Ballet Flat

Price: £137

With their almond-shaped toe, buttery soft leather and cushioned soles, these are some of the best ballet shoes on offer. It’s no surprise, then, that they have celebrity fans like Angelina Jolie


Alaïa Perforated Leather Ballet Flats

Price: £750

Alaïa’s crystal-embellished ballet flats sold out in no time last season, so expect a similar reaction to the latest iteration. These are just a sheer delight and will make jeans and a jumper feel


Mango Satin Ballerina with Studs

Clearly inspired by Valentino’s signature Rockstuds, Mango’s flats are available in bright red or black and will look excellent now with tights and floaty dresses.


Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Flats

Price: £895

Crafted in the most beautiful array of colours, this pretty pink pair of Manolo Blahnik’s famous Hangisi shoe would offset wide-leg denim and an oversized shirt perfectly.


ASOS Leather Mary Jane Ballet in Tan

Price: £56 (was £70)

Super chic, these shoes look far more expensive than they actually are. They’re even currently on sale, so are now less than £60.


Mint Velvet Neutral Ballet Pumps

Price: £99

With their Chanel vibes, these shoes will quickly become a staple part of your everyday wardrobe. You can dress them up or down, too – they’re nothing if not versatile.


& Other Stories, Leather Ballet Flats

Price: £95