You know a trend is serious when the haute couture world picks up on it. The usual picture of models struggling to walk down stairs in heels was replaced at Chanel by images of altogether happier girls trotting in sneakers. Yes, you heard us right. Karl Lagerfeld created sneakers, and they’re nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Pastel tweeds, metallic tones, and simpler jet black designs paraded around the show space.
Chanel Haute Couture SS14 show in Paris, France, on January 21, 2014
Dior also changed its usual couture garb a little with pairs of bouncy slip-on sneakers, complete with floral sequins.
Dior Haute Couture SS14 show in Paris, France, on January 20, 2014
Handcrafted flats may be out of your price range, so we recommend a few alternatives to see you through the spring season:
Miu Miu Slingback Pumps, $550
Simone Rocha Faux Pearl Brogues, $1,090
Spring will soon be in sight, but the fashion world is already thinking about next fall. Pre-fall collection images have been released, and they indicate support for more fabulous flats. Marni has continued their line of loafers with more animal prints, metallic elements, and buckles, while Kenzo has gone for geometric monochrome flats.
Marni pre-fall 2014 collection
Kenzo pre-fall 2014 collection
Credit: SIPA/WENN, Marni, Kenzo