Accessories Report

Ankle strap flats have always made me reminiscent about my elementary school years when I wore black Mary Janes with frilly white socks every day. Growing up, I never imagined that I would wear any type of footwear that would even distinctly resemble Mary Janes. My middle school self felt they were a childish style, and couldn’t bear the thought of having those “baby shoes” on my feet. However, it almost feels as though I’ve jinxed myself along the way, as ankle strap flats have been on-trend for a few years now in high school and even college!

I spotted this Fashionista on the way to the library, and immediately took notice of her spectacularly studded shoes. Featuring a soft (as compared to sharp), pointed toe and silver faceted studs, her off-white flats looked both incredibly chic and very comfortable. The straps around the ankles were what really drew me to her shoes, and I believe that this is what makes these flats so eye-catching.

However, when choosing a type of ankle strap, we are faced with a question: to rock a thin strap, or not to rock a thin strap? Thin straps on flats and sandals tend to create a more feminine look for not just the legs but for the entire outfit as a whole. Thick straps are bolder and louder, causing the eye to be drawn towards the ankle. If you’re looking for loud and proud statement shoes, thick contrast strap flats may be the perfect fit.

Since our Fashionista is wearing a flowy maxi skirt, ruffled tank and a thin cardigan (a great outfit combination for class), she chose a cute pair of flats with thin ankle straps to complete her ensemble. I feel that this was the perfect pick because this allowed the different feminine elements of her outfit to work together, rather than having several contrasting pieces working in different directions.

Ankle straps are not just limited to flats. Platforms and sandals are two popular options that have kept Fashionistas worldwide coming back to the girly ankle strap. The ankle strap is a classic feature in many styles of shoes, and I believe that we will be seeing this trend for a long time to come.

Spotted: Prabal Gurung’s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection features gorgeous ankle strap sandals that complement the eclectic layered ensembles. These are a definite hit for lovers of the ankle strap who are tired of hiding their spring pedicures in closed-toed flats.


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