Loafers are out—this is the Y2K shoe style having a renaissance this spring instead

Dainty ballet flats and pumps are officially back for spring 2023

Bella Hadid and Alexa Chung pictured wear pumps and ballet flats in a pink and orange template
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Apparently, it's time to bid farewell to your loafers (although we'll never part with our Birkenstock Bostons), as millennial-style pumps—otherwise known as ballet flats—are making a comeback and require a spot in your spring capsule wardrobe...

We know what you're thinking—how can this controversial 2000s fashion trend, along with denim maxi skirts, be back in style already? Well, we likely have the rise of the balletcore aesthetic to thank (or blame, depending on your pump stance) for that one. Regardless though, they're back with the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Lily Rose-Depp and Alexa Chung all making a very strong case for them.

So, for anyone looking to style their sheer dress or silver fashion staples with an extra pop of 2000 nostalgia, or wanting to channel their inner ballerina, here's what you need to know about these practical flats and how to style them.

How to wear ballet flats and pumps for spring 2023

For anyone who doesn't know, pumps are traditionally flat or kitten-heeled, leather shoes, that slip onto the foot and often feature a little bow. They're very reminiscent of a ballerina's pointe shoe, hence why they're also commonly dubbed 'ballet flats.' 

They usually have a flat, thin sole (so be warned—they're not the most supportive shoes in the world) and are perfect for warmer weather, when you're not in the mood for toe-barring sandals but don't want to melt by wearing a heavier sneaker.

And while you might be getting flashbacks to wearing said pumps with skinny jeans, big belts and long necklaces—don't worry, for now, it's just the shoes that are back in style and they can actually look pretty darn cute when paired with mini skirts and wide-leg pants...

How to style ballet flats

From our TikTok and Instagram scrolling, we've spied the fashion enthusiasts pairing their flats with wide-leg jeans and pants, along with flowing midi skirts and dresses.

As mentioned, thanks to the viral status of all things balletcore, legwarmers and pump combos are also on the rise. There's also demand for flats with chunkier heels, which are perfect to wear with slip dresses and blazer outfits for a pop of sophistication. Or you can take styling cues from Bella Hadid and pair your flats with loungewear, for a more low-key, comfy look.

Bella Hadid pictured wearing black pumps and pink pumps while out in NYC

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Styling-wise, pumps are actually quite versatile as you can dress them up and down. If you opt for a chunkier pump or a heeled pump, they're the perfect shoe to wear with a sleek pair of cigarette trousers and midi skirts.

Alternatively, if you're wanting to rep the OG, flat ballet flat, you can pair them with jeans or opt for tights and a skirt—like this look from Gigi Hadid...

Gigi Hadid pictured wearing white tights and white pumps, with a white blazer while out in NYC

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As far as Gigi Hadid's outfits go, this is one you can easily replicate! We'd also recommend like Gigi, that you opt for a neutral color, like black or cream (or pink if you really want to embrace the Y2K vibes), so you can style them easily with your other staple pieces.

Alexa Chung is also a great source of inspo, if you're looking for tips on styling pumps for an occasion or date night...

Alexa Chung pictured wearing a pointed pair of pumps and a leather pair of pumps with a long grey coat

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MIL's edit of stylish pumps for spring

So, if we've inspired you to hop on this latest shoe trend—here's where you can snap up some pumps of your own, in prep for the warmer months...

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H&M Ballet Flats

RRP: $17.99

These are the perfect classic pair of ballet pumps and give us all the Alexa Chung vibes!

Pair these with some straight or wide-leg, light blue jeans and a white T for a chic and simple office/day look! Available in sizes 4 to 11.


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Mango Bow leather Ballerina Pumps

RRP: $69.99

These are another classic option and are available in black, brown and silver—in case you were also wanting to hop on the silver fashion trend! Available in sizes 5 to 10.


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ZARA Block Heel Slingback Shoes 

RRP: $69.90 

If you're on the hunt for a heeled pump, this pair from Zara is giving major retro Chanel vibes and would look so cute with a pair of loose suit trousers or a slip dress!


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Anthropologie Alohas Sway Flats

RRP: $180

These square-toed flats are perfect for anyone wanting to jump on the trend without going full-on balletcore or cutesy.


Happy spring shopping!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.