With autumn‘s official arrival this weekend, no doubt you’ve started thinking about your new season wardrobe. From shoes to bags, coats to colours, it can be hard to know what is the easiest way to inject a fresh new feeling into your looks without having to overhaul the entire thing.
And while there are endless autumn fashion trends we’re all falling for already, if you want to treat yourself to just one cult new item (okay, technically two…) this season you’d be wise to consider Alaïa’s Strass Ballet Flats.
While being spotted wearing the same thing as a friend or neighbour was once considered a serious faux pas, the fashion world has moved on and decided that imitation really is the highest form of flattery. Besides, these shoes so immediately became ubiquitous that it’s impossible to know who wore them first or ‘started the trend’.
Yep, when it comes to Alaïa’s studded pumps we’re all just as easily-influenced as each other.
Of course, with ballet flats having returned to the fashion forefront over recent seasons thanks primarily to the likes of Miu Miu, The Row and Simone Rocha leading the ‘balletcore’ charge, it was inevitable that a tougher, edgier take on the simple – often saccharine – trend would emerge.
And for those who find Maison Margiela’s Tabi flats (you know, the ones loved by Dua Lipa and Zendaya with the separated toes) a little too out there, Alaïa’s embellished shoes have found that perfect middle ground.
While the black pair are undoubtedly the most popular right now, throughout the season’s fashion weeks so far we’ve seen a handful of white iterations dart in and out of show venues; distracting the swarms of street style photographers that congregate outside.
Of course, as we move into autumn, black would be the more obvious choice. But who likes being obvious…?
Of course, at £830 a pair, this trend will feel out of reach for many of us. Luckily there are a number of studded ballet flats at various different price points, making the look attainable regardless of your budget.
But if you do treat yourself to a pair of the Alaïas, can we please be the first to borrow them?
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