I borrowed a biography of Audrey Hepburn from the library when I was a teenager. So began my admiration for this talented actress and humanitarian.

With her slim boyish figure and effortless chic, Audrey became my style idol. In the late 1990s, ballet flats suitable for outdoor wear were worn by a few sophisticated ladies in the UK, but were only available in a few specialist outlets such as French Sole. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that this style became fashionable for women in the mainstream. It was then that the likes of Topshop in the UK introduced a rainbow of colour options.

My first pair were French Sole, and I still have them to wear as slippers.

Since those days, I have loved and worn out many pairs of ballet pumps in different colours and textures. My go-to brands now are Miu Miu (when I’m feeling flush) and Bloch.

Bloch have a selection of classic styles, which they update from season to season in different materials and colours. When it comes to the ballet pump, simple lines are best. Channel Audrey with one of these attractive options on Summer evenings and Autumn days.

Navy is a useful neutral, and can be more flattering than harsh black. This soft leather has a subtle pearlised effect making it great for day to evening wear.


Patent adds a smarter finish to any shoe. The muted orange gives a splash of colour to an outfit without being garish.


These “dark orchid” pumps can fit in your handbag. You just fold them up. This makes them great for travel, commuting or a night out when your feet won’t last ’til midnight in heels.


I couldn’t resist this glitter-covered option. Invest now for late summer glam, and be the comfortable one at December’s parties.


This small-scaled snake-effect leather comes in black, or subdued red. Great with the leaf tones of Autumn fashion.


Check out the Bloch website for more colourways, and some fabulous sale bargains.

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