Is it just us or has your Instagram feed been flooded with the Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flat lately, too? Bloggers Emily Tozer of The Glam Files, Julie Sariñana of Sincerely, Jules, and Lisa DiCicco Cahue of Mind Body Swag have all been spotted pairing these pointed-toe lace-up slippers with cropped destroyed denim. Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now and Laura Dittrich of Fashion Landscape have added an on-trend twist to these anti-basic ballet flats by pairing them with button front A-line skirts.
Perhaps the most classic way to sport these cutout leather Italian crafted flats, our pick for an everyday urban uniform, is by just adding a Breton striped tee and skinnies. (P.S. Did you know the Breton striped top was introduced as the French navy uniform in 1858 featuring 21 stripes—one for each of Napolean’s victories—and made fashionable when Coco Chanel debuted the design via her nautical 1917 collection?) The reason the Breton striped tee, cropped denim, leather jacket, and Christy Flat look works so well, as championed by Shalini Papas of Moments of Spur and Arielle Noa Charnas of Something Navy, is all in the details. The polished goldtone aglets at the tip of the tonal slim leather laces and the goldtone heel elevate any off-duty outfit. The delicate way the laces crisscross and wrap around the ankle is a testament to designer Edgardo Osorio’s eye for dramatic, geometric, and ultra seductive design.
Osorio told The Wall Street Journal, “I wanted to create flats that are as chic as heels—flats you don’t have to apologize for. I design flats like I design heels: They must be seductive, beautiful and comfortable. I like statement flats that can take you from day to night.”