This Shoe Trend Is Making Flats Cool Again

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Flat shoes are definitely having a moment right now. As designers and fashion girls trade in sky-high heels for more grounded silhouettes like slides and mules, we’re happily sticking to comfortable footwear. One detail that’s really gained momentum since its debut on the runway (namely, at Miu Miu) is the lace-up ribbon. An update to the once super-popular ghillie shoe, this fresh style is decidedly more elevated, with thicker wraparound straps reminiscent of ballet shoes, but instead of en pointe, they’re attached to flats that range from espadrilles to pointed-toe slip-ons. Try the trend by scoring a pair for yourself, with our top picks ahead. Wear them with a poplin shirt and jeans for a laid-back look, or pair with a midi dress for the evening.

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Fashion-Girl Flats

Satin Tied Espadrilles

$50

Zara

King Lace Up Espadrille

$85

Topshop

The Morning After Embossed Velvet Flats

$350

MR by Man Repeller

Daria Velvet Ballet Flats

$459

Tabitha Simmons

Grace Crystal-Embellished Satin Ballet Flats

$650

Jimmy Choo

Elena Embellished Canvas Slippers

$740

Attico

Buckle-Fastening Woven-Leather Ballet Flats

$890

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