What do you consider to be the ultimate in iconic shoes? Anything by Louboutin with that famous red sole? Maybe a stacked wedge heel from Terry Di Haviland, the rock and roll cobbler? Would you choose a Doc Marten Boot maybe, a Clarks desert boot, or would it just be a classic black stilletto heel? I think all of these have a good shout of iconic shoe status, but they would all be given a good run for their money by the classic ballerina pump.
From Kate Moss to Audrey Hepburn, by way of Princess Diana, and Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, the humble ballerina pump is a favourite of the most stylish ladies of all time. Elegant, comfortable, utterly feminine, and yet something you can often walk a mile in, ballet pumps are an item that appears in most wardrobes. Dance brand Bloch do some of the prettiest ballet pumps around, but they are not just to wear when you are dancing. These definitely go from the barre to the bar. I featured these in my mother’s day round up, but now I’m showing them off in more detail.
The ladies Arpina ballet pumps are just so pretty. They come in sizes from 36(3) to 42 and also have half sizes which is brilliant if you often find your feet between traditional sizes. These are the traditional ballet pump, with the front tie bow detail, and two tone styling. They have a matte leather-look finish, and are really soft and so comfortable to wear.
Bloch describes their ballet shoes as ‘the perfect shoe for on the go’ and this is so true. One of the reasons for this is the sole, with its cushioned teardrop heel that has a padded detail that is so comfortable for your heel – it is almost like wearing a pair of slippers – they are just that comfortable. The pretty pink and black shade is perfect for Spring.
All Bloch shoes come beautifully presented in a drawer effect gift box, and are in a lovely next style gift bag which sort of resembles the ribbons and tights of a traditional ballet outfit.
If you prefer a classic ballerina pump rather than a coloured version, then the wonderful Nashira Ballet Pumps in stylish Nappa leather are perfect for wear every single day. These have the same cushioned teardrop sole for added comfort, along with a suede lining, and they look so great with both jeans, denim skirts and summer dresses, and could be worn with opaque tights on cooler days.