WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
As one of the hottest trends of the season, we’ve got them all lined up.
In this picture: Paciotti crystal mesh pumps
For shoe enthusiasts, the ‘mesh footwear phenomenon’ is by far one of the most compelling trends of 2020. Mesh shoes have been around for a long time (looking at you, Louboutin), but over the past few seasons they’ve really hit their stride, thanks in no small part to Bottega Veneta. On arrival, the luxury giant’s mesh pumps catapulted straight to the top of every fashion editor’s wish list, and have been seen on pretty much every influential person in the industry. Insider tip: if square toes and mesh are your thing, but you already own three pairs of Bottegas, check out Paciotti. More on that later, but put it this way: mesh and chain details are a match made in heaven. The heavenly aspects of a mesh shoe are counter-balanced by their naughtiness. They simultaneously reveal and conceal your foot – they’re suggestive and more than a little bit sexy. In the right hands (or should we say feet?), they can also be chic and sophisticated. From decadent crystal-studded heels to minimalist mules and wearable pumps, scroll down to discover the best mesh shoes of the summer.
No mesh shoe edit would be complete without a nod to Bottega Veneta. You might have reached peak saturation of their shoes on your Instagram feed, but we haven’t yet. The good news in that the square-toed mesh pumps that was one of the first ‘New Bottega’ styles are back on pre-order on Luisaviaroma, the even better news is that the updated style comes with a padded cashmere sole, your pick.
SHOP BOTTEGA VENETA MESH SHOES
A shoutout to another label at the vanguard of the mesh shoe trend. We fell head over heels for Paciotti’s crystal embellished pumps the moment we laid eyes on them. Parisian chic + ‘90s minimalism + mesh x crystal chain = shoe heaven.
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Put a shine on lockdown days with a glittering mesh shoe. Be it either Christian Louboutin’s seductive sandals or Nicholas Kirkwood’s hand-finished leaf-motif shoes with mesh inserts, these multitask as footwear and jewellery.
SHOP PARTY MESH SHOES
DELICATE MESH MULES
Nailing two key trend in one, the mesh mules are delicately ladylike but also a versatile style for your ideal summer wardrobe. Porte and Paire are our favourites, alternatively try independent label Salondeju for a modern take on mesh mules, or put your faith in Malone Souliers for classic rose-gold elegance.
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ALL DAY PUMPS
Mesh isn’t just for evening wear, although the original inspiration might come from seductive stockings. Mid heel alternatives are both practical and chic, look to Fendi, Malone Souliers or new season pumps by The Row. These are wearable all-rounders and a good way to introduce the mesh trend into your wardrobe.
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Somewhere between a sock, a sandal and a boot, wear this classic alternative style with mid-length pleated skirts and blazers for a sophisticated and seductive look. This Louboutin pair takes naughty fishnet boots to a whole new level.
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