ON TREND

How to style lace-up shoes

Dress up jeans and a T-shirt or add a casual resort vibe with lace-up shoes

The lace-up ballet flat was all the rage last year, especially after the feminine style showed on the runway for Michael Kors Spring 2015. It was soon seen everywhere, from French fashion house Isabel Marant to high-street brands such as Topshop.

Celebrities such as American singer and model Zendaya Coleman, British model Alexa Chung and singer Rihanna have all been seen wearing variations of the style.

This year, the lace-up trend continues to be strong and is seen in other footwear variations - Salvatore Ferragamo has lace-up sandals, while Roberto Cavalli featured lace-up pumps on the runway.

HOW TO WEAR IT

Lace-up sandals are a good match for skirts and floral dresses - they look feminine without making the overall look too girly.


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They are also a great substitute for casual days, when comfort is a priority, but flip-flops are too sloppy.

If open-toe shoes are not an option, round-toe flats will give your look a softer edge as compared to the popular pointed-toe version.

Laces should end either below the calves to avoid visually cutting off the legs and making them look stumpy, or tied up to the knee to elongate the legs.

THE STRAITS TIMES' PICKS

1. Ghillie sandals, $53.90, from Charles and Keith

The higher sides of the sandals help to make the feet look slimmer, while the dark colour goes with everything.

2. Wild Thing fringed suede sandals, $966, Aquazzura, from www.net-a-porter.com

Dress up jeans and T-shirt with these bright-red sandals with ruffles at the toes for a quirky touch. The low-block heel also makes them a comfortable choice for all-day wear.

3. Daffy sandals, $215, Windsor Smith, from Robinsons

The tan suede and tassel trim give a bohemian touch to the lace-up look.

4. Platform gladiator flats, $149, Soludos, from Robinsons

These round-toe flats will add a casual resort vibe to any look.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2016, with the headline 'Fit to be tied'. Print Edition | Subscribe