Hate your toes like I do? These elegant mesh ballet flats are the cool summer shoe for me

Ballet flats are set to dominate this spring – and I'm fully on board

ME+EM ballet flats
(Image credit: ME+EM)

With the weather teasing us with warmth, and my summer holiday rapidly approaching, I've been on the hunt for a cool new summer shoe. 

Trouble is, I hate my toes (although a nice pedicure does go a long way), and so while  flip flops are fine for around the pool and at the beach, I like to have something that looks a little more elegant and offers more support and coverage. So when I saw ME+EM's mesh ballerina flats, I was sold immediately. An investment piece, you could pair these shoes with any outfit, day or night, and it would elevate it effortlessly. 

Ballerina flats are super on-trend this year, but the combination of Italian mesh and soft suede at the toe and heel provides a look and level of comfort that tops them all for me. Whether it's with a pair of white linen trousers, your favourite jeans or an elegant evening dress, these flats will look beautiful – and keep you cool and comfortable. 

With pieces like this, it's not hard to see how ME+EM has become one of the best British clothing brands – it's Spring collection is one of the most beautiful we've seen so far. 

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Ballet flats - mesh ones in particular - are set to be a big spring/summer fashion trend in 2024, which is hardly surprising given the comfort and cooling element to them. 

Our fashion expert Caroline Parr says: "Ballet pumps keep on coming back, so this may not be your first foray into flats, but this time around it’s all about texture. Mesh styles will immediately bring any outfit up-to-date, and you can wear them with jeans, midi dresses and tailoring too. Mary Jane straps get our vote to tick another trend off your list. Get ready to wear yours every day this summer."

Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.