Mesh is used in a lot of athletic shoes because of its ability to aerate, but the fabric isn’t just functional – it has a sexy side, too. And with spring almost here, I’d say it’s high time we start showing a little skin. So dip your toes into the mesh waters – the sporty material can be surprisingly ladylike, especially when the weave is tight (the looser it is, the more it looks like it belongs on a jersey). Here are netted shoes sure to net you style points:
Reed Krakoff Leather and Mesh Ankle Boots: Let your feet enjoy the spring breeze in these sheer shoes. You can even push back that pedicure appointment another day thanks to the pointed cap-toe. On NET-A-PORTER for $725.
Walter Steiger Mesh & Suede Bow-Heeled Bootie: Back in the Victorian Era, showing your ankles could incite a full-fledged scandal. Fortunately, we’ve left those prudish times behind, but the flash of an ankle is still just as sexy. At Neiman Marcus for $1,295.
B Brian Atwood Linscott Mesh-Inset Bootie: This whirly, white design would look gorgeous on a bride, but you don’t have to be walking down the aisle to walk in these booties. At Neiman Marcus for $450.
Dolce & Gabbana Mesh Detail Sandal Pump: We don’t normally associate mesh with romantic ruching, but Dolce & Gabbana can make anything frilly and feminine. On Farfetch for $620.05.
Aperlai Amourette Sandal: Everyone has a cross to bear in life, but these are crosses that you’ll love to bare. The elongating power of the nude pump is only a bonus. On Farfetch for $591.93 ( from $845.04).