Jennifer Lawrence’s Non-Shoe Is Surprisingly Chic

Jennifer Lawrence’s latest stroller-chic look signified Manhattan Mom. The Mets cap: tick! Power leggings: you bet! New Balance trainers… hold up, the actor swerved the Uptown take on normcore kicks for a more offbeat shoe. Get ready for it…

J-Law styled her park get-up with a pair of minimalist black ballet pumps that were more sports sock than ladylike flat. Naturally, the off-kilter cool style was from The Row. Retailing for a not unsubstantial $820, the Ozzy slippers are crafted from paper thin unlined stretch nappa, which most likely feels like velvet but also highlights every detail of one’s toes. 


What support do they offer when pounding the pavement, one might ask? Absolutely none. The light-as-air basics, which give off a Vibram FiveFingers vibe, signify one thing: status.

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This is not Lawrence’s first foray into the wild footwear department. The jelly shoe fan spent her mat leave in a pair of sparkly Melissa fisherman’s sandals that harked back to childhood beach holidays when sea-safe accessories were top of the agenda. On Jennifer, the nostalgic plastic-fantastic buckle-ups looked playful and offered some light relief for those still bemused by the ugly shoe trend. She’s not afraid of wearing Uggs—both slippers and boots—out in public and still slips on her Adidas slides long after everyone else retired theirs for Birkenstocks.

There was no way Lawrence was going to pass on the Ozzys. The die-hard The Row fan already owns the brand’s black Mary-Jane Ava flats, Egon sandals, Sleeper flats and Sharp pumps – not to mention her enduring love for the Zipped Boot 1s. If Mary-Kate and Ashley are making it, Jennifer is buying it, and then giving it a relatable spin. On the Hunger Games star, those elasticated “non-shoes”—as coined by Vogue’s Alex Kessler—looked functional rather than fashion-forward, thanks to those endearing undone pigtails and her throw-on-and-go leisurewear. J-Law stays in her own lane when it comes to style, and New York’s parks shouldn’t have it any other way.