betty buy: ankle-tie ballet pumps have got us in a spin for spring

Look, we may have dropped out of ballet classes around the same time they started trying to make us learn French for the grade exams (as if wearing a thong and getting your hair to stay in a bun wasn’t enough hard work for one after-school hobby) but that doesn’t mean we can’t still channel some dancerly chic this spring.

In fact we WANT to channel some dancerly chic this spring, because fashion’s suddenly come over all Darcey Bussell. We’re talking wrap cardigans, floaty skirts – and these babies. Ankle-tie pumps are the shoe of the season, and they’re making us pirouette with joy.

From statement heels to classic pink could-be-real-ballet-shoes flats, those criss-cross ribbons are turning up everywhere. They look amazing with cropped jeans, culottes, midi skirts and minis. Just steer clear of jersey skater dresses or anything with net petticoats, to avoid looking like you’ve escaped from Miss Prancy’s Twinkletoes Academy in the middle of your pliés.

Pair of Ankle-tie Ballet Pumps

Suedette tie-up block heels, £22.99, New Look

Ankle-tie Ballet Pump

Satin ballet shoes, £18, Topshop

Slingback ballerinas, £25.99, Zara


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