The Pretty Flat-Shoe Trend J.Lo and London Women Are Wearing in Place of Sandals

It’s official—this summer I’ve become a flat-shoe-fanatic. Whilst there was a long while when I, and many other fashion people totally disregarded flat shoes in favour of sky-high pairs, recent years have seen a shift in preferences and flat shoes are back in our rotation like they never left in the first place.

Already taken by the leather ballet flats and mary janes that have swept the scene this summer, I’ve recently laid eyes on a fresh flat shoe trend that I can’t get out of my head. Featuring a lace-up design that rifts off the classic ballet slippers, the lace-up ballet flats trend is emerging as one of the biggest shoe trends of the summer.

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Including a ribbon, string, or strap that loops around the ankle and trails up the calf, these flat shoes are set apart from their peers by the delicate energy of the lace-up addition. Aligning the shoes more with traditional ballerina slippers, lace up ballet flats contain an elegant and feminine aspect that makes wearers look so chic.

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Slipping into the wardrobes of the style set this summer, the pretty shoe trend is already a new-season staple. Styling well with voluminous skirts—like ballet dancers have done forever, as well as with silky midis and cotton dresses, I’ve also seen the trend styled impeccably well with smart trousers and baggy jeans.

Making her office-ready-outfit feel pretty and polished, Jennifer Lopez worked the flat shoe trend into her wardrobe rotation in an easy and wearable way. Toughening up with feminine energy of the pretty flats, Lopez’s pinstripe pairing balanced her look, creating a cohesive ensemble that fashion editors have been talking about since.

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Giving your outfit a playful energy without sacrificing comfort, the lace up ballet flats trend is coming through as a major summer staple this year. Already emerging in high street and designer stores, read on to discover our edit of the best pairs to shop right now.