The humble ballet flat has always been considered a wardrobe staple. Some argue they’re having a comeback, but we believe they never truly left. First seen on Brigitte Bardot in 1956, the ballet flat has become one of the most essential wardrobe items to date. Granted it gets a revamp and some divisive interpretations may appear on the high street every now and then, but deep down we all want ‘a pair of shoes as lightweight and flexible as true ballet slippers’. These were Brigitte Bardot’s words to designer Rose Repetto when she designed them for her, and I think they work as a reminder of why we love them so much.
So in honour of the legendary flat, we’ve found ten of the best on the high street all under £50. Whether your work wardrobe needs a comfy addition or you’re after a dressy pair for formal occasions, there will be something for you…
Our favourite high street ballet pumps
Sleek and minimal with a pointed toe, this is an elevated, grown-up style that looks great with all manner of trousers and skirts. And real leather for £36 is an absolute bargain!
We love an embellishment, and the metal loafer-style detail gives a smart touch to this pair making them perfect for workwear. Just add tailored trousers and a crisp white shirt for low-effort office dressing with maximum impact.
They say leopard print is a neutral and we couldn’t agree more. At just £10 this pair will be the hero item in your wardrobe. Wear with black jeans for a bold statement, or add to other neutrals as a way of breaking them up.
Beautiful flats for dressy occasions are hard to find, but this pair tick all the boxes. They’re minimal enough to compliment most outfits, and the double strap and subtle embellishment take them from plain to fabulous! They’re also great for adding a touch of kitsch to a more casual look.
The most classic of ballerina pump styles still reigns! This Chanel-inspired pair are real leather and a great staple for everyday wear.
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A square toe is another feature to look out for when searching for a chic pair of flats. It gives them a contemporary feel and the high cut is elegant and clean. This pastel yellow shade is perfect for Spring dressing, but they’re also available in black.
If you’re looking for something statement without the heel then this pair will do the trick. With pointed toes, rhinestones and a wrap-around lace-up, they are far from boring. Available in black, green and orange they are a daring pair that will turn heads.
Metallics aren’t just for winter. This silver pair will look great with denim of all shades and will take a basic jeans and tee look to another level.
This exact style of ballet pump were the must-have item of supermodels and celebrities in the Noughties, and it’s tapping into the current Y2K resurgence in a subtle and wearable way (unlike low-rise jeans and mini-skirts). We love the variety of bright colours, and they’re made with 90% goat leather.
If you’re a maximalist then this Asos pair will bring all the drama you’re looking for. Patent is always striking, but the giant bow and pointed toes turn these into a statement that will add some fun to an all-black silhouette.