Seeing Double: Yellow leather flats
Posted by on May 15, 2012 | 9:28 am EST

Lanvin and Jil Sander's leather ballet flats

May it be the run-of-the-mill black flats with no embellishment or a fancy designer pair decked in glitter and sequins, every shoe-loving woman must own at least one pair of ballet flats. This spring and summer season, where the need for heels is temporarily set aside for a few months of comfortable spontaneity, Fashion Glamour embarked on a quest to curate the most alluring ballet flats this season, only to find a pair we thought we’ve seen before—or did we really?

We thought we were seeing one pair of ballet flats when we stumbled upon these shoes, only they mistakenly posted it twice. As it turns out, we were seeing two different shoes. We have to admit that if it weren’t for the Lanvin label on the footbed, we wouldn’t have realized that these were designed by two startlingly different labels—Lanvin and Jil Sander.

From afar, it’s easy to see how these two are eerily alike. The shape of the toe box and the minimalism of both pairs make them appear as if one label ripped off the other label’s design. They even share the same stretchy trims, though the Jil Sander pair is looser. Then again, such thing often happens in fashion, especially if the piece in question is as common as a pair of yellow ballet flats. There seems to be no end in the similarities between the two, until closer scrutiny. Although both pairs boast a bold and vivid color, it can be noted that the Jil Sander pair has a greener tone to it. Meanwhile, the acid-bight Lanvin pair is closer to yellow.

We love how both labels bannered the cheeriness of yellow to speak volumes for their understated designs. By letting the color hog the spotlight, Lanvin and Jil Sander have truly won our style radar.  Women eager to score these pairs can go to Net-a-Porter, where the Jil Sander shoes retail for $425 and the Lanvin pair for $550. Which pair are you getting?

Images from Net-a-Porter

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