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Summer is officially over and, with its passing goes those cushy flip-flops and slides you wore everywhere. While you could start squashing your feet into heels and booties again, it’s understandable to want to keep those feel-good shoe vibes going, and fortunately, ballet flats (alogng with the enduring balletcore trend overall) have officially made a triumphant comeback for fall, so you don’t need to sacrifice style in the name of comfort.
Flat shoes have been embraced by fashion folks for the majority of 2023, but during New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2024), ballet flats appeared to be one of the most salient footwear trends (especially during day one)—both on the runway and on the streets. Fashion editors, off-duty models, and style influencers embraced the practical shoe style with open arms. We saw plenty of variations on the classic ballet flat too, including cool-girl-approved square-toe styles, feminine mary-janes, and the breakout star of the heel-free footwear movement: mesh flats.