The Shoes Every Woman in NYC Is Wearing This Summer

Mind the shimmer

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It was only fall when I spotted a true subway glimmer—silver metallic boots—worn by what felt like every single New Yorker. Now, the summer version of this sparkly-yet-subtle trend has hit: silver flats.

Contrary to what you might be thinking, they’re so versatile (which I learned after trying them out). Pair them with jeans, a dress, a skirt, even shorts and it will give your outfit an instant pop.

Just like with the boots trend, the first place I noticed how fantastic silver flats look was on a New Yorker—in this case, at my office. My colleague paired a Mary Jane-inspired ballet flat (in silver) with a boho-style dress. Maybe it was the delicate strap or the slipper-like stitching along the edges. In metallic silver, her choice of shoe instantly elevated her entire look.

From there, I spotted silver flats practically everywhere—on the subway, on the sidewalks in Brooklyn, on a Saturday night out. TBQH, it made my go-to black flats feel a bit muted and blah, almost like choosing between matte vs. glossy. I wanted my summer attire to shine.

When metallic boots trended last fall, we could easily peg it to Beyoncé, who made the color scheme feel futuristic following her epic Renaissance concert tour. Was the summer version more spillover? Who What Wear reports that the footwear pivot was first spotted on the streets of London earlier this year. What makes it so versatile? The easy dimension it supplies to a look without having to go overboard with color. Instead, silver flats make an elegant statement that, when mixed with neutrals, never feels too over the top.

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Like I said, I put it to the test, trying out a few different styles. First, a ballet flat from Margaux, available in the softest silver. I paired this particular pair easily with a dress (and wore it to my son’s ballet recital, which felt a bit on the nose given the occasion). I also styled a Mary Jane version—just like the one my colleague wore—from Boden. It felt just right with cropped denim. Finally, I tried out a metallic Birkenstock sandal, which, quite frankly, feels totally cool girl, whether I wear them with denim shorts or black leggings. A total win.

If you need me, I’ll be camping out on the A train, seeking out more sartorial solves from my favorite source: my fellow New Yorkers.

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