Sorry to My Black Flats—I'm Replacing You With This New Spring Shoe Trend

There's a new footwear trend lighting up the streets of London, and its appeal is hard to ignore. All around us, fashion people are retiring their beloved black flats for shimmering silver styles ahead of spring, and it has been bringing a smile to my face on the daily.

With a light-catching quality, the emerging silver-ballet-flat trend imparts the brightness that generally lacks at this time of year and offers a new way to add some dimension to a transitional outfit without having to layer in bright, vivid colors. Silver as a whole has become the "cooler alternative" to gold, perhaps a pendulum swing from the gold obsession of the past few years. Now, we're witnessing an offshoot in footwear form, and I'd argue the tone is even more wearable.

@deborabrosa styles silver flats

(Image credit: @deborabrosa)

The charm of a silver flat shoe comes in its quiet versatility. Masquerading as a statement shoe, silver flats are actually far more wearable than they might appear. Not a far cry from the gray and white tones we've been styling for decades, this upgrade pairs just as well with the blacks, beiges, and denim shades that typically saturate our wardrobes.

Jeannine Roxas styles silver flats with a silver minidress and blazer

(Image credit: @jeannine.roxas)

Looking to give my wardrobe a timely spring refresh, I'm backing silver flats to get me through the season in comfort and style. Luckily for me, there are ample shopping options available on the market, too. From Reformation's pretty take on a classic ballet flat to Mango's mesh iteration, read on to discover our edit of the best silver flat shoes here.


This story was published at an earlier date and has since then been updated.

News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Previously freelance commerce writer at British Vogue, Natalie’s experience spans journalistic and styling roles, which have seen her work on shoots for publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK and write for publications including British Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller. With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news and trends for Who What Wear UK, with a particular focus on celebrity style and emerging fashion trends.