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Ballet pumps: Everyday comfort in a rainbow of colours

Ballet flats are back! These shoes were ubiquitous around the turn of the millennium, then disappeared into the fashion wasteland for many years. Now they're firmly back in style, though – and we can all celebrate because ballet pumps are comfortable, easy to wear, and suitable for both smart and casual looks. When you choose a pair of ballerina shoes, take a bit of care over them. Cheap ballet flats often have a very thin sole, which can become uncomfortable over the course of the day, thanks to the lack of support. It's better to find a pair with a slightly thicker sole. You might want to look for some grips on the base, too, rather than a perfectly flat sole, to keep from slipping.

The best ways to style ballet flats

For casual, daytime looks, wear your ballet pumps with a pair of jeans. If they fit awkwardly in the ankle – that is to say, if they're slightly too long or too short – then cuff them up. Alternatively, go for a sweet, feminine look by wearing your ballet shoes with a skirt. They're a great way to dress down a mini. In winter, wear them with a short skirt, opaque tights, and a long cardigan for a fun, casual daytime look. Want something a little more dressed up? These shoes will work for the office, peeping out from under a pair of smart trousers or with tights and a pencil skirt.

Ballerina shoes that make a statement

Don't wear black ballet shoes with black tights. The two will disappear into each other, and you'll end up looking weirdly barefoot! If you want to make a statement with your ballet flats, you can get them in every colour of the rainbow – and more. There are certain styles that have a unique flair that you might want to try. For example, ballerina shoes with ankle wraps are a great way of linking back to their dance origins, while also adding some visual interest and ensuring they stay firmly in place all day – win-win! Another cool way of standing out from the crowd is by going for ballet pumps with a square toe. The majority of these shoes have a rounded toe, so by choosing a shape that's a bit different, you'll be able to embrace an edgy, off-kilter sense of style.

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