It seems like every stylish woman online has given in to this shoe trend, and for good reason. This is one of those trends that not only looks good, but is practical, comfy, and suitable for all budgets. What’s not to love?
It’s hard to pinpoint where this look originated, but a cursory investigation led me to the Michael Kors Spring 2015 runway show. Demure black lace-up flats made their way down the runway with several looks, including this chic black and white midi number.
Now, all bets are off. Every label from Aquazzura to Zara has a version of the lace-up pointed flat. But, that’s not a bad thing. It just means more choices, at more price points, for all of us. I spent some quality time sizing up the market, and I’m happy to share seven stunning pair of lace-up point-toe flats that stand out as the best options.
First up, my personal favorite choice. This casual suede lace-up is available in six colors, at a price that is fitting for a trend I’m not convinced will have investment-level staying power. I also like that it has both a back zip and adjustable top laces, which nicely balances fit with a touch of customizable flair.
→ Buy the Jeffrey Campbell Shay Lace Up Flat, $130.00, at freepeople.com; this item ships for free.
Want to indulge in the shoe that started the trend? These straight-off-the-runway Michael Kors flats are gorgeous. They’re available in both beige and black.
→ Buy the Michael Kors Kallie Lace-Up Leather Flats, $550.00, at saks.com; shipping is free with code FREESHIP.
I love a good reptile print, and these M. Gemi leather flats are the first lace-up flats I’ve seen in reptile print leather. They’re currently backordered, but I think the waitlist is worth it for the versatility of a snake print and the quality of an all-leather shoe.
→ Buy the M. Gemi Brezza Flat, $248.00, at mgemi.com.
I rely on Zara to have super budget friendly versions of the latest shoe trends, and they didn’t disappoint this time. These pretty taupe flats are definitely the best deal going on lace-up flats.
→ Buy the Zara Lace-Up Flats, $49.90, at zara.com.
The curvy deep cutouts of these Loeffler Randall flats create a very feminine silhouette. Plus, if you are looking for a showstopper shoe, they’re also available in metallic silver leather.
→ Buy the Loeffler Randall Ambra Lace Up Flat, $295.00, at loefflerrandall.com.
Aquazzura is daring to offer this trend in primary colors – red and blue – in addition to black suede. The look isn’t for the wallflower, but it is an amazing option for the right kind of wardrobe.
→ Buy the Aquazzura Belgravia Suede Point-Toe Lace-Up Flats, $695.00, at saks.com; shipping is free with code FREESHIP.
I’m surprised at how appealing I find these budget-friendly Aldo flats. If black leather flats are what you are after, I find the streamlined d’orsay shape is second only to the Michael Kors flats in terms of aesthetic appeal. That’s saying a lot for a shoe that will set you back less than $50.
→ Buy the Aldo Colyn Black Ghillie Tie Up Flat Shoes, $49.00 (was $70.00), at aldoshoes.com.
Need more temptation? Here are a few of my “runner-up” picks:
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