Why Everyone’s Suddenly Wearing Mesh Ballet Flats

By Charlie Colville

2 weeks ago

Ballerinas just got breezier


We’re no stranger to a sheer fashion moment – but never did we think it would become such a hit in the realm of footwear. But, with mesh ballet flats now an official SS24 staple, we can’t see the movement going away anytime soon.

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Think back to The Row’s pre-fall 2024 runway show; this was the moment we would witness the rebirth of the jelly sandal, but not as we might have expected. The Olsen Twins’ take consisted of jellified cage flats, peeking out from underneath the hems of tailored trousers and maxi skirts – and while it was branded a ‘sandal’, the ballet flat fans among us quickly took notice.

And then came French label Alaïa, which gave us the design we recognise today: a sheer exterior, comprised of dainty leather netting, with a slim, buttoned-up strap crossing over the top. And so, the mesh ballet flat was born.

 

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But, really, the current craze for the trend all started with Jennifer Lawrence. The star has had a streak of viral streetstyle moments over the last few months – we’re still thinking about her quiet luxury-approved Totême trench from earlier this year – but none have hit quite as hard as the pair of mesh ballet flats on her feet. Lawrence has been spotted on numerous occasions walking around New York City wearing her signature Alaïa flats, teamed up with a slouchy pair of jeans and a basic white t-shirt.

Since then, the A-list seal of approval has also been given by the likes of Dakota Johnson, Sofia Richie and Jennifer Lopez. They’ve quite quickly convinced us that the mesh ballet flat is the go-to dress-up-dress-down shoe; whether worn with casual denim or a slinky slip dress, we can see these shoes working for pretty much any occasion.

Alongside a classic pair of Alaïa’s, you can find mesh ballet flats having a moment with the likes of Steve Madden, Miu Miu, Reformation and Stine Goya – although we’re sure it won’t be long before a whole slew of brands put their own spin on the trend.


Mesh Ballet Flats

Black sheer shoes

Reformation

Bethany Ballet Flat, £268

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Purple shoes

Free People

Moira Mesh Flats In Lilac, £140

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Silver mesh ballet flats

Le Monde Beryl

Mesh Mary Jane Ballet Flats, £395

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Blue shoe

Jeffrey Campbell

Mesh Flat Pumps, £80

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Woven Ballet Flats

Blue woven shoes

Alaïa

Ballet Flats In Fishnet, £650

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Cream woven shoes

Reformation

Britt Ballet Flat, £268

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Black mesh ballet flats

Alaïa

Patent Leather Ballet Flats (Size EU 35.5), £471.50

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Red jelly shoes

The Row

Mara Ballet Flats (Size EU 36.5), £1,378.04

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Embellished Ballet Flats

Floral shoes

Khaite

The Marcy Flat, £840

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Rhinestone shoes

Loeffler Randall

Leonie Crystal-Embellished Ballerina Shoes, £314

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Floral beaded mesh ballet flats

Mach & Mach

Mesh Flowers Ballerina Shoes, £504

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Rhinestone shoes

Khaite

The Marcy Mesh Ballet Pumps, £720

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Featured image: Jeffrey Campbell (courtesy of Free People)