Flats In Fashion For Spring 2024

So, as you bid farewell to the chill of winter and embrace the warmth of spring, step into the new season with confidence and style, courtesy of a pair of chic flats that promise to elevate your ensemble while keeping you comfortable every step of the way.

The best ballet flats to help you achieve that French girl aesthetic

The Noughties shoe trend is back and better than ever

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You heard it here first: ballet flats are *officially* back for 2024. I know, I know… It just goes to show how cyclical fashion trends really are. But forget what you think you know about these nostalgic shoes – this season, the runways and high-street are full of mesh, bejewelled, velvet and strappy pumps that are more grunge than girly, and cooler than ever.

Flashback to 2007 and we all had a pair or ten of ballet flats – most likely seriously bashed-up, and from high street behemoth Topshop (back when the brand was in its heyday *RIP*). Seriously, there was a time when you couldn’t walk down the street without seeing a gal in one of the brand’s iconic leather styles with their rounded toes, grosgrain trims and pretty bows.

But frankly, by the time we hit the late 2010s, ballet flats had long since lost their sartorial appeal and were demoted to school shoe territory and reserved to the children’s footwear department. That said, across the channel, ballet pumps have never been out of style. French girls still rocked flat shoes when tottering around Paris, and Chanel’s iconic two-tone ballerinas have continued to be a wardrobe mainstay since they first launched in 1957. Impressive.

We personally love how brands have pivoted recently from all things girlish, and made ballet flats gothic and grungy for 2024. On the catwalk, Simone Rocha opted for chunky, platform soles to complement her billowing maxi hemlines, while Miu Miu and Valentino stayed true to classic pointe shoes with pretty pink satin pumps but added studs, buckles and oversized logos for a fashion twist – proving you really can have the best of both worlds.

For those not on a designer budget (guilty) fret not, MangoStradivarius and Charles & Keith have some amazing lookalikes that are just as versatile – and for a fraction of the price. We pretty much see these pumps working in every situation: channel off-duty models at the weekend by styling yours with boyfriend denim and oversized sweatshirts, or go full balletcore and dress a pair up with tulle skirts, bodysuits and pretty bows.

Keep scrolling to see Cosmo‘s pick of the best ballet flats to shop now and wear forever…

Ballerinas with mesh bracelet

Mango Ballerinas with mesh bracelet

With a mesh upper, patent details and rounded toe, this pair of ballet flats from Mango are just like Alaïa’s celeb-approved fish-net style – in everything but price, that is.

Mesh crystal ballerina

Dear Frances Mesh crystal ballerina

OK, so we know these are a liiiiiiittle on the pricey side, but just look how sparkly!!! Dear Frances is the brand responsible for last summer’s mesh ballet flats obsession, and we simply can’t get enough of these new crystal-covered iterations.

Satin ballerinas with studs
Best red ballet flats

Mango Satin ballerinas with studs

Cut from bright red satin and finished with a double studded strap, these Mango ballet flats look nearly identical to Valentino’s celeb-approved Rockstud pumps, but are a fraction of that £800 price tag. Race you to the checkout?

Mesh flat pumps

Jeffrey Campbell Mesh flat pumps

Mesh ballet pumps were everywhere last year (they even got our Fashion Editor’s seal of approval), and are here to stay for spring/summer ’24. How cute will this lilac style look with milkmaid dresses and boho skirts?

Bow mary jane flats - chalk

Charles & Keith Bow mary jane flats – chalk

Charles & Keith’s white ballet flats are kinda giving us Margiela Tabi vibes – but without the divisive split-toe design, you might be glad to hear. We love how the cute Mary Jane strap adds a touch of support, too.

Shine for you ballet flats

Jeffrey Campbell Shine for you ballet flats

Jeffrey Campbell is ticking both the mesh and rhinestone ballet pump trends with this pair of sparkly shoes. Choose from black, baby blue and classic nude shades.

Linnie flat pointed ballerina
Best silver ballet flats

Jigsaw Linnie flat pointed ballerina

Now 21% Off

With a higher cut upper and on-trend pointed toe, Jigsaw’s silver ballet flats are perf for smarter occasions. We’ll be wearing ours to the office with wide-leg trousers and swapping to boyfriend jeans on the weekend.

Rhinestone ballerinas

Mango Rhinestone ballerinas

If Jeffrey Campbell’s rhinestone ballet flats are out of budget this season, opt for Mango’s diamanté ballerinas instead. At just under £50, these babies are quite the steal.

Bethany ballet flat
Best ballet flats with straps

Reformation Bethany ballet flat

If you thought Reformation was only good for pretty dresses, think again. The LA brand has been killing the shoe game this season, and these rhinestoned ballet flats are firmly at the top of our wish list. They are giving Alaia but at a quarter of the price.

Grosgrain-trimmed velvet Mary Jane slippers
Best Mary Jane ballet flats

Vibi Venezia Grosgrain-trimmed velvet Mary Jane slippers

Back in 2015, inspired by quintessential Venetian slippers, sisters Viola and Vera Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga created the fanciest ballet flats we ever did see.

The brand has now been spotted on the most stylish set (we’re talking Kate Moss, ppl), and extended its range to include loafer and Mary Jane styles.

Red wide welt buckle ballerinas

Ganni Red wide welt buckle ballerinas

Now 63% Off

A cool hybrid between ballet flats and slingbacks, these Ganni pumps have quickly become a fashion set fave. We’re obsessed with the high-shine patent leather finish and oversized buckle detailing. Plus, we can confirm they are way comfier than they look.

Leonie grosgrain-trimmed satin ballet flats

Loeffler Randall Leonie grosgrain-trimmed satin ballet flats

Staying true to classic satin ballet flats we wore to dance class, Loeffler Randall’s Leonie style features a rounded toe, grosgrain trims and elasticated strap.

The brand has every colour you could ever want (blackpinkwhitebrown), but this baby-blue shade has seriously captured our hearts.

Ava pointed toe ballet flat shoe in black
Best pointed ballet flats

Topshop Ava pointed toe ballet flat shoe in black

Who didn’t own a pair of Topshop’s iconic ballet flats back in 2007? They were a Noughties staple after all. Fast forward to 2024 and the brand is still creating chic flats, but now they feature sleek ankle straps for support and cool, pointed toes.

The day ballet flat
Best leather ballet flats

Everlane The day ballet flat

Everlane’s ballet flats are bestsellers for a reason. These babies provide a touch more coverage thanks to the high-cut upper, so you can wear them all year long.

Mariella mary jane ballet flat

Reformation Mariella mary jane ballet flat

Crafted from silk and finished with a square toe, Reformation’s Mariella ballet flats are pretty similar to authentic pointe shoes but have been given a fashion twist with contrasting patent straps.

Buckled ballet flats

COS Buckled ballet flats

Last time these Alaïa lookalikes hit the COS site, they sold out within hours – so you’ll want to secure your own ASAP.

Spike textured tie-around ballet flats - fuchsia

Charles & Keith Spike textured tie-around ballet flats – fuchsia

PSA: Central Saint Martins graduate and LFW favourite Chet Lo has collabed with high street footwear giant Charles & Keith. One of the most wearable pieces from the collection, these ballet flats are defined by the designer’s signature spikes and finished with a pretty tie-bow ankle strap.

Matilda ballerinas

Sézane Matilda ballerinas

Trust Parisian brand Sézane to nail the ballet flat – it is a French girl essential after all. We love the block wooden heel and leopard-print pony-effect leather on this Matilda style. Wear yours with contrasting prints (think Breton stripes) and straight-leg jeans this szn.

Cece wrap ballet flat
Best black ballet flats

Free People Cece wrap ballet flat

Crafted from supple black leather, these Free People ballet flats are defined by a fixed wrap ankle strap and pretty tie-bow fastening. Contrast the girlish vibes by styling yours with leather trousers this winter.

Bow leather ballerina

Mango Bow leather ballerina

Resembling the nude leather ballet slippers we all know and love, Mango’s rounded toe flats are super similar to the iconic Topshop styles you had in your wardrobe back in the 2000s.

Semi-transparent mesh ballerina

Mango Semi-transparent mesh ballerina

More mesh ballet flats comin’ atcha – we told you they are going to be BIG in 2024. This pair is from Mango’s latest Heritage collection that is full of nostalgic ’90s staples like slip dresses and tank tops.

Heeled leather ballet pumps

Bibi Lou Heeled leather ballet pumps

Find fully flat shoes suuuuper uncomfortable or just want a lil’ bit of height? Check out Bibi Lou’s block heel ballet pumps in the shade of the season: chilli red.

Checkered Buckled Mary Jane Flats

Charles & Keith Checkered Buckled Mary Jane Flats

We’re already getting excited for spring dressing thanks to these gingham beauties from Charles & Keith. A fun way to make these ballet flats winter appropriate? Wear them over chunky socks and cropped trousers.

Leather ballet pumps

H&M Leather ballet pumps

H&M’s black leather ballet flats are about as timeless as they get. This style will seriously go the distance in your capsule wardrobe – wear them with tights at work or on the weekend with wide-leg denim.

Barbara ballet flat

Reformation Barbara ballet flat

Taking inspiration from traditional ballet pointe shoes, these Reformation pumps feature a square toe and criss-cross elastic strapping detail. Go full balletcore and wear yours with tulle frou-frou skirts and logo tees. SJP would totally approve.