The Comeback Shoe


I’ve had a feeling that ballet flats might make a comeback for awhile now. I haven’t worn round-toe pumps for a few years, having fallen out of love with them in favour of sharper, pointed-toe styles. But it feels like the time is right for this elegant style to make a return. I know, even as I am writing this that Sarah will be shaking her head at me, saying that they never went out of fashion! And she is right of course, they are a timeless style… it’s just that when it comes to investing in shoes, ballet flats haven’t exactly been top of my list. I think it was their ubiquity that killed my affection for them. However, after seasons of ‘dad’ trainers and Teva sandals (both trends which I sat out), I’ve rediscovered their chic yet insouciant appeal. If you asked me what shoe I would invest in now, it would be classic cap-toe pumps by Chanel. In fact it was this exact style that made me consider ballet pumps again. Late last year I walked past a very stylish girl wearing an oversized knit, cropped trousers and double C beige and black pumps and I thought how effortless and cool she looked. Then in May, I was lucky enough to attend the Chanel Cruise 2020 show (a dream come true) and not only did the new creative director Virginie Viard send out models in two-tone ballet flats, the eternally stylish Love Story actress and Chanel ambassador Ali McGraw (who I interviewed after the show and who was utterly charming and funny) was wearing a silver pair. In fact we had a whole conversation about them. If you need further proof, Kate Moss was recently snapped back in her beloved Repetto ballet flats, while model Adwoa Aboah teamed a pair with a pink Molly Goddard dress at the SS20 shows in London. So whether you are like Sarah and you have never stopped wearing them, or feel drawn to them again, I’ve compiled a shopping list of my favourite styles.

Amanda X