The Shoe Trend Fashionable Women in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles Agree On

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We all know by now that trends are cyclical—quick to rise in favor just to fade as quickly until the next updated version takes hold again. There’s one shoe style that has, for the most part, withheld the test of time and evaded the usual ebb and flow of a trend: ballet flats. The classic shoe has been undoubtedly a forever staple for fashionable women across the globe. At the moment, however, ballet flats have moved to the forefront of shoe trends this season.

All it takes to get a sense of their popularity is to peruse the Instagram accounts of chic women from the fashion capitals around the world. From timeless cap-toe favorites to minimalist designs to the ever-lovely satin ballerina flats, the chic styles are endless. Ahead, check out what styles the women of Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles love the most, plus how they wear them.

Paris

French women are known for their elevated, polished outfits and their approach to styling ballet flats is no different.

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New York

The lovely ladies of New York City are masters at giving the latest trends the downtown cool treatment. Just look at the juxtaposition of the romantic ballet flats with edgier outerwear.

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L.A.

When it comes to the aesthetics of the L.A. fashion scene, the pendulum tends to swing between ethereal and more boundary-pushing looks. It's always interesting to see how people style trendy shoes like ballet flats.

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Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently an editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.