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  • Less is More: The Barely There Footwear Trend We're Head Over Heels For

Less is More: The Barely There Footwear Trend We're Head Over Heels For

From mesh to macrame, these are the shoes we're coveting.

Dear Frances (Image Credit: @clairerose)

We're all aboard any fashion trend that promotes the less is more philosophy. Why? Pared-back fashion is sleek, simple and typically pretty comfortable. It will come as no surprise, then, that the barely there footwear trend is one we're more than happy to get behind.

Whether you're dreaming of the Australian summer (move over winter boots) or are packing for an enviable trip to Europe, you'll want to peruse this edit of flats embracing simplicity. From mesh ballet slippers to macrame sandals, we're loving every last pair. Read on for our pick of the bunch. 

Dear Frances

Balla Mesh, Dear Frances 

The mesh ballet slipper is having a moment and no one has nailed the look quite like Dear Frances. The Balla Mesh in White is utter perfection and promises to elevate just about any outfit in your wardrobe. It's versatile and edgy all at once.


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Loeffler Randall

Leonie Natural Crochet Ballet Flat, Loeffler Randall 

Okay, we're going to preface this one with the fact that these beauties are sold out in a lot of sizes but you can pop your name down for restocks. No edit of barely there footwear would be complete without these crocheted raffia flats. Perfection. 


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Studio Amelia

Net Chunky Flat, Studio Amelia 

The wonderful people at Studio Amelia are allowing us to realise our wildest Amalfi fantasies every day of the week with the Net Chunky Flat. Inspired by the delicacy of fishing nets, these sandals are finished with aesthetic macrame-knotted straps and leather welt edges. Built to last! 


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St Agni

Macrame Slide, St Agni 

St Agni are known far and wide for their dedication to producing iconic treats for feet and these Macrame Slides are no exception. Designed to complement all minimalist wardrobes we see this shoe taking us from the office to dinner in style and comfort.  


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Christopher Esber

Minette Flat, Christopher Esber 

Aren't they just dreamy? The Minette Flats by Christoper Esber are the elevated mesh ballet slippers of dreams. 100% leather and crafted in Italy, you can expect absolute perfection when it comes to construction. Ditch the heels and don these elegant flats for the next wedding of the season. 


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Nelson Made

Isla Slide, Nelson Made

If you're smitten with the Isla Slides by Nelson Made we recommend jumping on them quick smart. Always seeking to reduce their footprint on the planet, this Melbourne-based brand produces their shoes in extremely limited quantities. The padded sole offers comfort whilst the woven macrame straps keep things stylish.


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Loved this edit of barely there footwear and keen to update your wardrobe with a few other goodies? Be sure to catch our what's new in fashion edit and winter coat roundup

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