No, we’re not talking your commonplace commuter staple round-toe flat. This is ballet pump 2.0 in all its revamped glory. The new season interpretation of this comfortable shoe is anything but traditional, which is why we’re calling it the elevated ballet pump. (Cos they’re flat. Get it? OK, I’ll show myself out).
Blame it on those beribboned Miu Miu ballerina shoes (spotted on street style major leaguer Chiara Ferragni) and Aquazzura’s cult status lace-up flats (seen on everyone from Poppy Delevinge to Rihanna). The new ballet pump is all about upping the ante with tie-me-up detailing. Whether you opt for leather cord or grosgrain ribbon, laces are one of those simple details that pack a strong punch when it comes to taking your shoe game to the next level.
And while we’re more than obsessed with the moto-meets-ballet vibe of Miu Miu’s version (those buckles… these ribbons…) there are plenty more dance-inspired flats for those with an inherent instinct for cool across lots of styles and budgets.
Miu Miu, lace-up ballet flats, $750. SHOP NOW
Aquazurra, Christy flats in suede, $528. SHOP NOW
Gianvito Rossi, suede ballet flats, $855. SHOP NOW
Etro, embroidered satin ballet flats, $927. SHOP NOW