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The best mesh ballet flats to add to your spring wish list

The It-girl-approved shoe trend is back this season, these are the pairs we're currently lusting after...

Assortment of mesh ballet flats
Natalie Salmon
Fashion Digital Editor
Updated: March 8, 2024
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From editors to fashion insiders, no one can get enough of mesh ballet flats at the moment. 

Following on the successful return of the ballet pump, semi-sheer iterations have dominated our feeds, emerging as a strong contender for the title of the season's must-have shoe.

Championed by Alexa Chung, who has been spotted in Alaïa's cult-adored fishnet Mary Jane ballet pumps, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and designer Jeanette Madsen, the style's popularity has soared to the point where it's actually quite difficult to get your hands on a pair.

The Row, Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta have also embraced the unexpected trend by offering their own distinctive variations, ranging from embellished to embroidered designs.

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Thankfully the high street and mid-range brands are catching on, offering their own affordable iterations.

How we chose:

  • Material: All of these shoes feature mesh textures that are ideal for summer 2024, often with a semi-sheer effect. 
  • Style: This is an edit of It-girl approved mesh shoes, so I wanted to choose the most stylish out there. Whether that's the brand choice, the material or the shape, these are the flats that are influencer-adored.
  • Price: For fashion-conscious individuals seeking to embrace luxury without compromising their financial goals, we chose shoes that were affordable as well as high-end.
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Why you should trust me:

I have worked in fashion for over 8 years, and as an editor, freelance stylist, and journalist I am constantly on a mission to find the perfect accessories for every occasion. I’m not a huge fan of dad sandals so mesh shoes are right up my street. 

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Hello! Fashion shares the best mesh ballet flats to shop this season:

  • Best Mesh Ballet Flats

    Alaia mesh ballet flats

    Fishnet Ballet Flats


    Alaïa’s Jennifer Lawrence-approved cult-favourite fishnet ballet flats take their inspiration from traditional Japanese footwear, combining a touch of elegance with a modern twist. The flats feature a durable rubber sole that provides comfort and support for everyday wear. The inner lining is crafted from 100% lambskin, ensuring a soft and luxurious feel against your skin while maintaining breathability. Purchasing these ballet flats is a great choice for those who seek a blend of style, comfort, and durability. Whether you're looking for a stylish daily accessory or a conversation-starter, these are a must-have addition to your footwear collection.

  • Zara black mesh Mary Jane flats

    Mesh Mary Janes

    The neutral design of these slingback shoes makes them easy to pair with a variety of clothing items, simplifying your styling choices. Priced at £29.99, these shoes offer an affordable way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wardrobe. The Mary Jane buckle strap adds a sense of security, preventing the shoes from slipping off while adding a touch of sophistication to your look.

  • Mango camel mesh flats with ankle strap

    Ballerinas With Mesh Bracelet

    These camel-hued flats by high street stalwart Mango look far more expensive than they actually are - ideal if, like most, your mission is to look luxe, for less. Minimalist and versatile, the ankle strap adds a certain delicacy, and these would look equally great alongside jeans and a puff sleeve blouse as alongside a strapless swimsuit and a flowy kaftan.

  • White mesh ballet flats

    Leather-Trimmed Mesh Ballet Flats

    These elegant flat ballerina shoes by & Other Stories are crafted using delicate mesh material, complemented by a leather lining for added comfort. The rubber sole ensures durability and steady traction. The rounded toe adds a modern twist to the classic ballerina style, making them a versatile choice for various outfits and occasions.The fine mesh upper allows for proper ventilation, ensuring your feet remain cool and fresh even during warm weather.

  • Black mesh flats

    Balla Mesh

    Meticulously crafted from delicate Italian mesh, the Balla ballet flats present a captivating take on the timeless ballerina design. Its nearly nude composition and snug, glove-like fit not only exude elegance but also bring a hint of seduction. This ballet flat's feather-light nature makes it an ideal addition to your travel essentials, ensuring effortless holiday packing. The transparent mesh material of the Balla adds an endlessly romantic touch to both summer dresses and well-tailored ensembles. For the finishing touch, pair these flats with a slick pedicure to truly make a statement.

  • Blue flats with crystal-studded ankle strap

    Gem Ankle-Strap Knit & Mesh Shoes

    Make a statement in these vibrant beauties. With their unique turquoise hue and playful knitted texture, they're adorned with dazzling gem-embellished ankle straps that effortlessly enhance any outfit. These shoes are designed not only for all-day comfort but also clearly to turn heads wherever you tread. For an effortlessly chic look, pair them with a pleated mini skirt and a crisp collared shirt, and embrace the opportunity to stand out and shine.

  • Everlane mesh ballet flats

    The Day Ballet Flat

    Sleek and minimalist, these flats by affordable luxury label Everlane pay tribute to the ubiquitous balletcore trend with delicate bow detailing on the upper. This style feels super versatile, and I love the slightly squared-toe for a touch of 90s-inspired elegance. 

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