Are You Ready to Embrace Flats?

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.

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Chanel CoutureChanel 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. 

Christian Dior Couture

Dior Couture 2Dior 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:

Givenchy Floral Leather SneakersGivenchy Floral Slip-On Sneakers, $635

Lanvin Holographic Leatehr SneakersLanvin Holographic Sneakers, $695

Miu Miu Leather Slingback PumpsMiu Miu Slingback Pumps, $550

Maison Martin Margiela Floral BroguesMaison Martin Margiela Floral Brogues, $795

Balenciaga Printed SneakersBalenciaga Printed Sneakers, $535

Marni Metallic Leopard LoafersMarni Metallic Leopard Slippers, $720

Simone Rocha Faux pearl-embellished leather broguesSimone Rocha Faux Pearl Brogues, $1,090

Sophia Webster Loca leopard-print holographic flatsSophia Webster “Loca” Leopard Holographic Flats, $350

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-fallMarni pre-fall 2014 collection

Kenzo Pre-fallKenzo pre-fall 2014 collection

Credit: SIPA/WENN, Marni, Kenzo

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