Miuccia Prada succeeded in her mission to revive the noughties miniskirt after its brief hiatus. It's been one season since Miu Miu debuted the teeny micro mini, and it remains the skirt style on everyone's hips. With its increasing popularity, ultra-small skirts from denim to A-line to pleated variations continue to have a moment in the fashion world, particularly as the sunny weather calls for leg-baring styles. The miniskirt as a concept is all well and good, but once you slip into one, one of the biggest dilemmas is assessing which shoes to wear.
School uniforms might have us believing that ballerinas are the sole shoe option for the short skirt, but there are many contenders to pair with teeny styles. Prada demonstrated this best with a playful element and balance of proportions: styling its miniskirt with chunky loafers and mid-calf socks to offset micro inches. The miniskirt has since been styled with every type of shoe, including thigh-skimming boots, Converse and slip-on mules. French women are a shining example of how best to wear the miniskirt trend. They've inherited the micro mini as part of their uniform, preferring to wear it with loafers and slingbacks and proving that you can integrate classic shoes with risqué styles to create a look you can wear with ease during the day.
The miniskirt is styled with Hermès Oran sandals.
When deciding which shoes are best, you want to deduce what vibe you're going for and build from there. For evening looks, the combination of a miniskirt paired with patent knee-high boots will transcend seasons and trends. For daytime, pointed mules will present a Parisian-inspired look while trainers or flip-flops lean towards the minimalistic Scandi aesthetic.
There's scope for experimentation, too. It's a bold style, after all. Clash themes and textures, whether that's a towelling skirt paired with a two-tone slingback or a fitted mini with grungy mules. Keep scrolling for eight shoes to go with a miniskirt.
1. Pleated Cargo Miniskirt + Chunky Loafers
Style Notes: Emmanuelle wears the iconic Miu Miu miniskirt the very way that Prada first showcased it. With a bared midriff, pins on show, stockings and chunky loafers, it's most definitely a striking look. If you're looking for a toned-down styling option, wear Micucci's Miu Miu with a boyfriend-style white shirt and blazer or trench atop.
2. Tennis Miniskirt + Knee-High Leather Boots
Style Notes: Imani wears a skirt from Tory Burch's performance line with a graphic T-shirt and pale-yellow boots, proving that you can mix textures, patterns and styles.
Not only did Miu Miu revive the micro mini, but it also brought pleated styles back to life beyond the realms of the classroom and Wimbledon courts. The Miu Miu miniskirt is increasing in popularity, and designer Tory Burch has followed suit with a sports luxe style. This mid-price iteration by Reformation in a knitted fabrication is great for the transition into autumn.
3. Indigo Denim Mini + Heeled Mules
Style Notes: A denim mini is the gentlest foray into wearing shorter-length skirts. It's a summer staple that's adored worldwide but particularly in France. The A-line shaping suits pointed-toe mules, as the narrowed footwear balances out the square-shaped skirt.
4. Linen Miniskirt + Flip-Flops
Style Notes: Although Lindsey wears an old season Mango skirt, this is a look that can easily be re-created. Simply add a white textured skirt with flip-flops. Flip-flops are the shoe for all ensembles, and they make this sexy look feel daytime appropriate.
5. A-line Miniskirt + High-Top Converse
Style Notes: My favourite type of outfit is one that pairs basics together. Marisa's outfit is simplicity at its finest. Tuck a short-sleeved shirt into an A-line skirt, and pair it with high-tops. Add accessories for extra allure.
6. Cotton Miniskirt + Brown Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: Knee-high boots and a miniskirt are a heroic pairing. It's particularly useful for those experimenting with short styles as the boots offer up some coverage. Finish the outfit with an oversized blazer so the skirt hemline peeps underneath.
7. Pink Terry Cloth Miniskirt + Two-Toned Slingbacks
Style Notes: Jacquemus's terry cloth skirt and matching top are quite the duo. The addition of slingback shoes adds a classic touch to a barely-there outfit.
8. Bodycon Miniskirt + Chunky Leather Mules
Style Notes: A bodycon miniskirt with chunky mules make an incontestable match. Even French women are inheriting slightly androgynous styles.