How are we feeling about mesh flats? Khaite and Alaia were early leaders, but the look has taken off; it has been a big street style trend this year, and you know it’s sticky when J. Crew offers its own take. I was circumspect for a long time and then Courtney Grow (wearing two different pairs in this Instagram carousel) said something to the effect of: “Don’t blame me when, in six months, you NEED the mesh shoes that are now sold out,” and I could tell she was forecasting truth! Not for the faint of heart, but very cool — c.f. Jenny Walton if you need proof!
I’m personally contemplating this pair from Loeffler Randall (more sizes available for preorder here). Loeffler has a magical touch with trends, making them feel more feminine and attainable. In the case of these sheer flats, I feel as though the rhinestones make the mesh feel a bit less…pulp fashion? Borderline goth? Edgy? than other variations I’ve seen. But all my top picks for getting the look below.
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If true mesh is too intense or out there, walk it back with a woven style. A few I absolutely love…
Two other flat footwear trends to contemplate: denim (!) and satin (!). I frankly want all of these trends in my closet! For denim flats, I love these from Larroude, these from Porte & Paire, and these from Veronica Beard. For satin…
My major styling tip for any of these shoes — from mesh to satin — is to dress them down. This is a look that thrives on friction and intentionality. I would pair any/all of these with trendy denim, like these Citizens, a denim shirtdress, like this Tibi or this Aligne, or a denim midi/maxi skirt.
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