Best Bet: Metal Cap-Toe Ballet Flats

The ballet flat is a perennial spring essential. But basic doesn’t have to mean dowdy. This blush-tone style lends a combination of sweetness and edge. The pale-pink hue recalls classic ballerina slippers, while the metal cap-toe is on-trend with the recent runway collections. The upper is made of soft, foot-forming leather, while the padded rubber soles offer a welcome break from heels.

Ballerina Metal Cap-Toe flats, $50 at Zara or online.