Satin shoes used to be exclusively for formal occasions – no exceptions. My first pair might have also been my first real pair of heels. I was 15 and a sophomore heading to prom with my senior boyfriend. Satin, black Mary-Janes completed my look for the very special night. Otherwise, memories of lavender and ivory bridesmaids shoes are what come to mind. Their somewhat delicate nature kept them in this (shoe)box for a long time, until now. Satin shoes are everywhere; and I’m not sure who or what to credit for bringing this material more mainstream. Maybe The Row? Their brand of uptown, casual luxe introduced all of us to a new way of formal dressing and when they launched shoes they presented us with satin slides. Or maybe The Row was just the first time I thought about satin shoes in a modern way. Last summer Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia partnered with Manolo Blahnik on a 5-styles satin capsule collection for SS17 – pairing the shoes with his signature streetwear. This surely influenced other designers to try the trend. The trick for making them work is keep the juxtaposition alive – and by that I mean when you wear fancy shoes, keep the rest simple. A pair of jeans and a t-shirt, maybe a blazer, are a great way to to do a casual luxe look. Or you can really go for it and mix a few textures: wear a knit top with a pair of taffeta pants – this way the satin shoes are not the focus, but another dimension. Here are a few options, many on sale, and the perfect time to invest in something new.