The Refined Flat Shoe Trend Scandi and French Women Wear Before Committing to Sandals

As a fashion editor, few things pique my interest as much as the whisper of a new shoe trend. So, when I spotted the flats style that's stealing hearts all around the major European fashion cities, I just had to tell you.

Up there with ballet flats and Mary Janes, flat mules are set to become one of the season's biggest shoe trends. With a refined silhouette that covers the toes before tapering away to reveal a bare foot, the trending shoe combines the elegance of a ballet flat with the relaxed energy of a slip-on sandal.

Influencer styles black flat mules with jeans and a white strapless top.

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Asserting itself as a favourite within fashion people's wardrobes, this souped-up slipper has become a go-to for elegant spring styling. Whilst it remains too cold to style sandals but too warm to continue wearing boots, this closed-toe shoe is enjoying its time in the sun (when the sun decides to make an appearance, that is). Featuring heavily on the S/S 24 runways, flat mules were seen on the Altuzarra, Carven and Eudon Choi shows, amongst others. Styled with dresses, skirts, trousers and shorts, these shows made the case for the blossoming shoe trend. I've also noticed flat mules gracing the feet of French and Scandi fashion people, too, meaning it's only a matter of time before it takes off on British soil.

Influencer styles black flat mules with black trousers.

(Image credit: @anoukyve)

Having already transcended the runways this spring, the trending shoe style is now available at so many of my favourite high-street and designer brands. From H&M's event-ready pair to Manolo Blahnik's supremely chic style, read on to discover the flat mules we're eyeing right now.


Opening Image: @anoukyve

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.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.