Mesh Flats Need To Be On Your Radar This Summer

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We all remember the ballet flat trend of the 2010s, and as they say in fashion, what goes around comes around. However, this summer, ballet flats are coming back in full force with a special twist: mesh fabric.


That's right. If you've been paying attention to your Instagram feed, you'll know that these see-through, sock-less shoes have been unavoidable recently. Luckily for us, mesh flats are also super cute, especially if you know how to wear them. While there's no shame in having sweaty feet (who doesn't in the warm weather months?), mesh ballet flats will also give your feet room to breathe with their optimal sheer fabric. And in 2023, it's also time to stop being afraid to let your toes shine through.

But what exactly are mesh flats, and where do you even start with wearing them? Here are the five best mesh flats out there, and how you should style these bad boys.

Fishnet mesh ballet flats

Jennifer Lawrence premiered a pair of chic black fishnet mesh flats in New York City in June 2023, sparking even more hype around the trend (via Who What Wear). During her outing, the flats were the center of attention, adding a mysterious flair to her outfit paired with a classic white t-shirt and some relaxed flare jeans. The particular pair of shoes she sported are the aptly named The Fishnet Flats from the brand Alaia, and are priced at a not-so-subtle $850. This classy pair comes with a slouchy silhouette and a silver-plated buckle to keep everything in place.


However, given the popularity of fishnet mesh flats in particular, there is no shortage of similar options at a fraction of the price. This flirty, $50 pair from Jessica Simpson's line is a prime example that comes with an opaque block of color at both the heel and toe for a hint of edge.

Slingback mesh ballet flats

Give the back of your feet some time to cool down with some unique slingback mesh flats. Leaving the majority of your foot exposed, this sophisticated style slips right on for your convenience throughout the day. This pair from Nine West comes with an ultra-pointy toe, a circular pattern, a handy adjustable ankle strap, and a barely-there heel at the bottom for support. Similarly, this pair from Express runs at under $75 and has some adorable little polka dot detailing at the toes.


Slingback mesh ballet flats are perfect for a business casual outfit for those in-office days. Pair them with some loose-fitting slack pants and a button-up collared shirt, and you'll achieve a look that's slightly preppy without making it seem like you're trying too hard. This shoe style would also pair great with a flowy midi skirt that leaves your toes poking through.

Embellished mesh ballet flats

Who doesn't love some good ol' rhinestones? If bling is your thing, many mesh flat options out there come with sparkly embellishments. This pair from Loeffler Randall comes in a refreshing baby blue color and an assortment of bold, chunky sparkles. Better yet, they tie everything together with a strap across the top for securement and feminine bow detailing. Ooo la la!


If you're looking for something a little less in-your-face, this pair from Steve Madden is designed with rhinestones that you'll have to look more closely to notice. (However, they're not any less cute.) Better yet, they also come in neutral hue options that'll match any color you choose to wear.

For styling embellished mesh flats, you won't want to overload your outfit with too much pizzazz, as it'll make your clothes look too busy. Keep things balanced by pairing embellished mesh flats with solid patterns and soft, universal tones.

Casual mesh ballet flats

The Row, a luxury fashion brand owned by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, was ahead of its time when it broke out a pair of mesh flats with an ultra-minimalist design called the Mesh Sock Flats in 2019 (via The Zoe Report). A simple, nylon design with a solid pattern and trendy pointed toe, this particular pair is highly in demand and super hard to get your hands on right now, as most sizes and colors are out of stock on most retailer websites. However, if you're determined, you can keep your eyes peeled for any pre-loved options on re-selling websites such as Lyst or TheRealReal.


If you're not willing to drop $690 on a pair of designer shoes, there are other mesh flat options out there that suit the casual, understated look. The Mia Corrine Knit Flat is an example of a great option with more a traditional and structured silhouette.

Woven mesh ballet flats

If you're going for a summer-esque, bohemian look, then mesh ballet flats with an intricate woven pattern are a prime option for you. Woven mesh ballet flats are versatile enough to be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion, but pair perfectly with a brightly-colored sundress or a tennis skirt if you're truly trying to get in the spirit of the season.


If you're looking for something super sturdy, Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn has a great unisex design with a woven mesh pattern made from leather. Priced at under $150, you can use this timeless pair for either a night out on the town or lounging around. For a matching price, the always-reliable Sam Edelman comes to the rescue with this natural-looking pair. With a design that is reminiscent of basket weaving, this pair also has a refined, slightly reflective finish.