Who would have thought that the essential ballet pump would own such an illustrious history.
Back in the 16th century a simple flat style of shoe was favoured by women and men, until Catherine de’ Medici demanded a couple of inches be added to her wedding shoes. Height remained a trend throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Then Marie Antoinette killed the heel when she lost her head at the guillotine. Flats were once more du jour.
Audrey Hepburn in ballet pumps and cigarette pants nearly sealed the deal, but ultimate kitten Brigitte Bardot did the trick in the 60s. Chic, timeless. The essential ballet pump became a look we still turn to if we want to feel a little French, a little pretty or a little practical.