The Minimalist Shoe Trend We Can’t Get Enough Of

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Get ready to put your best foot forward in this season’s hottest shoe style.

Dubbed ‘floss heels’ by those in the know, due to their thin, barely-there straps, these  minimalist creations leave little to the imagination so ignore the freezing temperatures and get that pedicure booked.

Floss heels, strappy sandals –  whatever you want to call them – are the latest incredibly covetable shoe trend to take over the fashion crew. Much like everyone else, we’re completely obsessed with them. Initially, as temperatures in the real world continue to drop so drastically, it seemed a little confusing that such spring-like shoes were taking prominent shelf space within our favourite fashion retailers. Then we cast our mind back to this time last year when we were head over heels (pardon the pun) for the naked shoe trend and remembered, fashion rules are made to be broken and minus the frostbite potential, that’s part of the fun. Party season may be over but we’re in no way ready to turn our back on our heels collection so we’re mentally adding these delicately heeled sandals to our spring wardrobe plans.

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The obsession with these shoes comes following the surging popularity of The Row’s Bare Sandals that the brand first released in an understated nude, tying in with their chic, minimalist vibe they’re adored for. The sleek heeled sandals are set on a 65mm slim stiletto heel complete with slingback straps – also impressively slim – to frame the foot just below the ankle bone, making even the most controversial trends look sophisticated.

From Copenhagen to Paris, every it girl was spotted wearing the trend pioneered by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The popularity of the shoe hasn’t stopped there. They’ve stolen the hearts of fashion editors, influencers and every other fashion fanatic in between. Of course, it wasn’t long before high street heroes, Zara caught on to the 90s inspired cult sandals and brought out their own, much more affordable versions. Topshop quickly followed suit and alas our prayers were answered as our favourite high street retailers brought the trend to the masses.

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Shop our favourite versions of the strappy sandal trend in our edit below while perusing the styling possibilities provided by the street stylers as the heels continue on their upward trajectory for the foreseeable future.

Style notes: Our favourite ways to style these shoes is to play on their minimalistic value. They’re understated which makes them incredibly versatile. For a day time look, pair them with your favourite jeans – preferably with frayed hems and either in a wide leg or straight cut – add in a chic trench coat and a block colour, crew neck sweater. If you’re headed to the office, we love how the shoe fits with androgynous styles and suits. As for a night on the town? The world (of your wardrobe) is your oyster but for mega fashion points, dare to bare in cycling shorts, a silk blouse and a mini, beaded handbag.

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Strappy Sandals, £49.99 at Zara
Bare Leather Sandals, £650, The Row at Net-a-Porter
Mid-heel Strappy Leather Sandals, £55.99 at Zara
Mid-heel Sandals With Elastic Band Detail, £29.99 at Zara
Suede Mules, £490, Prada at Net-a-Porter
ROME Heeled Sandals, £46 at Topshop
ROME Heeled Sandals (Coral), £46 at Topshop
Animal Print Heeled Sandals, £29.99 at Zara
Metallic Leather Mules, £490, Prada at Net-a-Porter
Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, and Emirates Woman.

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