I Just Found the Most Expensive-Looking French-Girl Shoe For £35 at M&S

Stop everything. Especially if you’re a ballet flat fan, or simply an appreciator of great shoes (I think that covers most of us). Because I’ve just come across the chicest pair I’ve seen in a long time— and they’re only £35. 

Long time readers of Who What Wear UK won’t be surprised to hear that I actually found these gems at Marks and Spencer— one of our go-tos for expensive-looking wardrobe basics that also have the quality to last. Their new Leather Bow Ballet Pumps are no exception to that rule. Simple, yet perfectly formed— these slip-on flats come in super comfortable buttery soft leather, have a rounded toe and are finished with a pretty bow. But the thing that really brings them bang up to date is the elasticated strap across the top. Unsurprisingly, like most cult accessory trends these days, this feature was first spotted on The Row’s catwalk, and so to find a pair so similar on the high street is a serious win in my eyes. 

Of course, as soon as I saw them drop online I snapped them up in both colours, and then proceeded to see how many ways I could style them up. Inspired by the understated ways French girls always wear their favourite ballet flats, I loved them best with cropped jeans and tailored shorts. But they’d also look cute with mini skirts, skinny jeans, cropped tailored trousers and shirtdresses to name a few— making them the perfect workwear and weekend accessory. 

Scroll down and you’ll find links to shop Marks and Spencer’s new ballet flats. And if you love them as much as I do be sure to add them to cart sharpish, since we know from experience these M&S winners sell out in lightening speed. I’ve also shopped out my outfits and added some more of my favourite ballet flats below…

Up Next: The 9 Most Expensive-Looking Pieces on the High Street This Week