It’s the flat attack! This season, flat shoes are chic, hip and trendy! Whether your style is feminine, sporty, sophisticated, or gotta-have-it trendy, we've found the flats you need to update your wardrobe with style. They're all right here in the latest edition of The Trend Report.
Trend tip: Some of these designer-name little slippers come with mighty big price tags. As an alternative, you can find hundreds of real ballet flats in every color, fabric and pattern at traditional ballet shoe suppliers like FrenchSoleShoes.com.
Trend tip: When feet are on display, make sure they're well-manicured! The trendiest pedicure is the "no polish" look. But if your toes aren't in picture-perfect shape, opt for pale neutral polish instead.
Skim a little
If you need a dressier shoe for work or special occasions, you're in luck — this season you'll find more gorgeous flat- or low-heeled skimmers than we've seen in years. The key words to remember are “pretty“ and “feminine.” Look for soft, pale colors or metallic leathers, woven leather treatments, open toes, cut-out leather treatments that make leather look like eyelet or lace, or even fantastic embellishments like glitter, jewels, embroidery or fabric flowers to crown your shoes.
Trend tip: Remove all the bells and whistles from the skimmer and just keep the peep-toe, and what you have left is a pretty — and trendy — low-heeled open-toe pump (especially nice in patent leather).
On the edge
If you're up for a just a little heel, the wedge heel is a very comfortable way to add a bit of height — and style — to your summer wardrobe. Casual options include the classic, low-heeled espadrille and sandals or slides with wedges made from trendy cork. As a dressier option, we love the clean lines of a linen and leather spectator combination with a touch of gold metal hardware — made new, polished and chic with leather-covered wedge heels.
Trend tip: Don't invest TOO much in your summer wedge heels — chances are they'll be out of style by next summer.
Trend tip: Not loving the skulls? You can still go casual and trendy with sneakers from Alexander McQueen for Puma or sport shoes from Stella McCartney for Adidas.
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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