The Best Affordable Ballet Pumps

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OK, I know that this won’t be every person’s idea of affordable, but I hate spending money on very cheap things that don’t last – especially when it comes to footwear. I’ve tried a few pairs of ballet pumps at the cheapest end of the market and they were pretty shoddy – I’ve also had a few very expensive pairs that weren’t up to much! Ballet pumps have to be just right – too small and they pinch at the back, too baggy and they gape and fall off.

The ones that I wear most (and find most comfortable) are, I think, a happy medium when it comes to price and there’s no compromise on quality. I’ve had a pair of Ceclia’s from Office since they began producing them and I’ve bought three pairs altogether. I’m just about to press the “buy” button on a fourth, the natural colour with black toe. I like the shape of the Cecilia pumps – they are very classic and don’t show any “toe cleavage”, a phrase that freaks me out beyond all that is reasonable. The leather is good, the toe-cap solid and sturdy and although the inner sole can tend to ruche up (I glue them down) the overall build is pretty bloody good for just over fifty quid. If you have an NHS NUS! card then you can grab a pair for less than fifty quid, which I’m aware isn’t altogether “student budget friendly” but better to have a pair that will at least last the term!

My pick of the colours? Black leather with black toe cap. I wear mine all the time and have had them for three years – you can’t go wrong with chic black ballet pumps.

Office Cecilia Ballerina Pumps, £56 from

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  1. Zoe Cole
    February 23, 2013 / 7:03 am

    These look really cute, I’m always on the hunt for good ballet flats, I was very excited to see that they ship to Australia! Thanks Ruth!

    Zoe xx

  2. February 23, 2013 / 8:22 am

    They look nice, but I couldn’t wear them. I find ballet style’s far too flat for my feet, and I need a small heel. I’d really like to find a low to flat shoe that has a lot of cushion underneath, with rubber sole that are attractive. This is for when I am working in a salon, hence the reason for comfort. The dedicated shoes for salon’s are rather frumpy.. not nice looking at all, not that anyone will be looking at my footwear, but when buying it helps if you like them.. xx

  3. Clever
    February 23, 2013 / 8:42 am

    NHS? DYAC!!!

    • RuthCrilly
      February 23, 2013 / 10:18 pm


  4. Jen
    February 23, 2013 / 8:55 am


    Ballet flats never have enough cushioning in the sole. Or maybe I’m just getting old…

    • RuthCrilly
      February 23, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Yes, don’t know why an earth I said NHS!

  5. February 23, 2013 / 9:05 am

    I love flats, I hate being too tall during the day so i live in flat shoes! Will be popping into my nearest Office after payday!

  6. February 23, 2013 / 9:20 am

    I’ve had two pairs of these too, they’re my staples! I need to buy my third pair as my current ones are a little worn out now! x

  7. Clo
    February 23, 2013 / 9:21 am

    Do you mean an “NUS” card that gives students money off? I’m almost certain the NHS aren’t going to give me shoe discount!
    Love x

    • RuthCrilly
      February 23, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Yup. Brain fry. x

  8. Sue
    February 23, 2013 / 10:28 am

    aaagh – can’t get past the pump bump! And is just me, but I must admit I’m so spoiled by trainers/platforms/thicker soles, I find it a bit painful to wear thin soles while trotting through town. ‘Specially on those little lumpy bits in front of crossings. xxx

  9. Annabelle
    February 23, 2013 / 10:35 am

    I’ve bought the black version of these pumps twice & they are fantastic! So comfortable & have lasted incredibly well. I use one for casual wear & the other pair for my part-time work (in a nursery school, so on the go all day & comfort is key!). I’m sure when I first bought them though they were less than the current £56 price tag, but still, I totally agree that they’re a worthwhile investment. In fact I’m very tempted by the studded version now…! x

  10. February 23, 2013 / 10:56 am

    I have a pair like that except they are Jaegar ones. I love them and also have a pair of shoeboots with a 2-3″ heel by Jaegar in the same quilted leather and they are both so comfy and look so chic and Chanel style. TBH that’s not a bad price especially considering they are leather. Must admit I prefer leather to manmade as they last longer and adjust to your feet also x

  11. February 23, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    I wear these to work they’re great and will do until I can afford some French Sole ones :)

  12. February 23, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    I always find Topshop’s ballerina pumps the most comfortable. Admittedly, as they are designed more like “real” ballet slippers, they don’t last as long, but for under £20 I’m not complaining :)

  13. Jenny
    February 24, 2013 / 2:38 am

    Hi Ruth,

    this is quite unrelated but i dont know how else to get the message to you!

    Would you be able to review- Indeed Labs Hydraluron and Indeed Labs Pepta Bright ? and let us know your thoughts about it?

    Pepta Bright is a treatment for hyperpigmentation and dark spots. I would love to know what you think about them and if they are worth purchasing.

  14. February 24, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    Shame they’ve put the price of these up so much, I bought a pair for £35 when they first came out….

  15. Tatyana Atanasova
    February 24, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Lovely shoes!
    Might I suggest a new topic concerning shoes. I am a short girl myself and love high hills- I feel slimmer, higher(important) and sexier. May be you have tips on how to last longer on them. My job is on the go so I wear hills and still have to move a lot. Yes I do invest in more expensive ones wen I can but still curious what else is there…

  16. Ashly Rae
    February 27, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    I found a great pair for £4 which are super comfy and I love!! Now that is affordable!

  17. RuthCrilly
    March 5, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    I’ll take a look, thank you! x

  18. March 6, 2013 / 11:58 pm

    I love the Office ones, I bought some in the sale for a tenner and they lasted ages.

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