Emily Ratajkowski Just Proved This Controversial Sneaker Trend Is Still a Thing

I think it's fairly obvious at this point that Emily Ratajkowski is no shy dresser. With a penchant for bold outfits and often unexpected accessory options, the model is no coward in the face of a controversial trend.

Stepping out for a walk in NYC, Ratajkowski casually styled her latest divisive buy in a manner that stopped me in my tracks. Wearing her knee-grazing denim shorts with a black tank top and a pair of sunglasses, Ratajkowski's outfit was off to a fairly inconspicuous start. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that her shoes weren't the standard Mary Janes you might have assumed they were at first glance. Instead, she chose a pair of ballet sneakers.

Half ballet flats, half sneakers, the ballet-sneaker trend strikes a controversial chord by blending the two seemingly opposite shoe styles together. With a chunky, rubbery sole—akin to the kind we wear for our morning runs—and a more delicate round-toe silhouette, the sneaker trend offers an entirely fresh silhouette that can equip your outfit with the element of surprise.

Emily Ratajkowski wears ballet sneakers, jean shorts, a black tank top, and black sunglasses.

(Image credit: Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

This isn't the first time I've seen this trend out and about. Already being offered up across a few of my favorite affordable and designer brands, the ballet-sneaker trend is set to become big news this season.

Love it or loathe it, the shoe trend is a playful alternative to the leather ballet flats, Mary Janes, and sandals that typically dominate the summer months. For a low-key look that's ideal for running errands, reach for a comfortable tank top and denim shorts à la EmRata. Alternatively, wear these with a flowing dress or white cotton shirt for a fashion-forward look that any stylist will commend you for.

If you, too, fall at the intersection of intrigued and inspired by this unusual shoe trend, read on to discover my edit of the best ballet sneakers below.


This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

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