Flats Were Everywhere in 2023, and These 4 Pairs Are Going to Dominate in 2024


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I've been studying the trends that come and go within the fashion industry for years, and I've noticed the most notable shoe styles have usually revolved around a bold look of heels or a platform sole. And when there is a more comfortable look involved, it's more likely to be sneakers than anything else. The past year or two, however, has been dominated by flat shoes. (Let's call it a flat shoe renaissance if you will.) With brands like Tory Burch and Prada releasing standout pairs, mixing fashion and practicality has never been so stylish. 

We've seen everything in 2023 from satin ballet flats to studded options, so I took it upon myself to round up the styles that I think will continue to be in high demand for 2024. Even if you're not much of a flat shoe person (I know a few devout heels lovers), you'll be inspired by the picks below. Much to my surprise, I found more worthy contenders than I ever would have imagined. 

Mesh Flats

Mesh flats started as a more lowkey trend, with only a select few brands offering the style. Thanks to designers like Alaia and The Row, slippers with sheer fabrics and mesh cut-outs are the it-shoe of the moment and are only gaining popularity going into the next year.


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How to wear them: Leather jacket + slip skirt + mesh flats


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How to wear them: Striped sweater + wide-leg jeans + mesh flats

Embellished Flats

When studded flats first made their way into the trend cycle, people thought they would be gone in a flash. But months later, it seems like they're in for the long haul. The fashion crowd has now fixated themselves on all sorts of embellishments, whether it's studs, appliques, crystals, and bows. 


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How to wear them: Simple midi dress + studded flats


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How to wear them: Blazer + T-shirt + relaxed trousers + embellished flats

Mary-Jane Flats

Want to give a trend-forward spin on your casual outfit? If you once reached for flat mules for the job, might I suggest the fresher alternative of Mary-Jane flats? They've been bubbling to the surface lately, especially for minimalists who want to signal the "quiet luxury" aesthetic of brands like The Row.


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How to wear them: Maxi dress + leather jacket + Mary Janes


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Slingback Flats

Slingback heels can be deemed a classic amongst the variety of shoe trends we see, but slingback flats were put on the backburner for a while. Enter elevated flats by Toru Burch and Saint Laurent, and all of a sudden I see sleek pairs of slingbacks everywhere


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How to wear them: Double denim + white tee + clogs

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.