Ballet Flat Forecast: Plié Your Way Into 2009’s Shoe Trends

March 19, 2009

in Ballet Flats , Flats , Jildor Shoes

With “Spring Forward, Fall Back” in full effect this March, warmer climates are just around the corner…and high-heeled winter booties will be giving way to much comfier sandals and flat shoes for women in no time! For spring and summer ‘09, ballet flat shoes are still going strong – from casual skimmers to fancier flats, this is one trend that shows no signs of stopping. And for those of you who can’t wait to show off your pedicures and toe-rings, fashionable sandals are also bountiful this coming season, including everything from simple patent thongs to beaded and bejeweled gladiator sandals. So ladies, make some room in your closets – with so many great options to choose from, you’ll definitely be buying more than one pair of trendy flat shoes for the summer months. Let’s take a look at some of the shoe trends to watch for:

Ballet Flat Shoes:

Kobraa ballerina flat from

No need to take lessons to wear these ballerina flats – one of the most popular styles for the last few seasons, there is a flat to complement every woman (and every outfit)! Pairing just as easily with a floaty skirt as they do with capris and a sweater-set, ballet flat shoes are available in a wonderful assortment of materials and designs, including animal prints, bold colors and adornments to suit your every mood. You’ll notice one of the hottest trends this season is snakeskin & metallic shoes, clothing and accessories, which have made a huge comeback over the last few years. If you like this look, check out the latest collection of Steve Madden Ballet Flats at Jildor Shoes: the Kobraa Gold Snake Steve Madden flats combines both trends in these eye-catching printed snake metallic leather uppers, equally perfect for office wear or a casual night on the town. Other Steve Madden flats from the Spring-Summer ‘09 collection include various takes on the classic ballet flat, taking cues from the metallic and snakeskin-inspired craze.

Trend tip: For those occasions when black is too somber (or simply boring), a metallic gold or silver flat is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to any outfit, especially when paired with your little black dress or an ensemble that otherwise lacks pizzazz.


When it comes to flat shoes for women, few can argue with the fact that the sandal is one of the most comfortable and versatile shoes for the summer months. A must-have for your wardrobe, the flat woven sandal is an ideal option when considering trendy flat shoes to keep your look coordinated. Other stylish choices include the still-popular gladiator sandal, the flirty thong, and the ankle-strap sandal, which all look great with a variety of warm-weather fashions, especially when you’re showing off your new tan. Try mixing with sarong skirts, wrap-dresses, nautical styles or safari-inspired ensembles for a look that reflects your inner sun-goddess!

Tory Burch - Anamarte Woven Sandal from

Trend tip: Although sandals sometimes bring to mind the chunkier, hippie-variety (think: Birkenstocks), flat sandals can be sexy, too! The key is to finding just the right one: look for sandals with spaghetti straps, ethnic touches (such as beadwork, mirrors, embroidery, etc.) or other adornment.

Most importantly, when shopping for trendy flat shoes this season – remember to have fun! Since very few of us own only one pair of shoes, try and select several pairs of ballet flat shoes and sandals that range from functional and comfy to fashionable and sexy. This season, you can have it all with the latest flat shoes for women – check out Jildor Shoes, where you’ll find all of the hottest designers and styles to let your inner fashionista shine through!

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