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Monday, June 29, 2009

FLATliners...

How many of you girls out there invested in the past couple of seasons vertiginous heels? If you count yourself amongst the many, then you'll die (in a Rachel Zoe kind of way). Because if you are a shoe lover and a dedicated follower of fashion, you might want to poise yourself for more purchases to come...which isn't entirely a bad thing, because this just means plenty of good reason to shop!

So, what is this you have to shop for? Well, for flats (of the ballerinas, loafers, brogues, oxfords, jazz shoes kind) of course! How do I know these are the shape of shoes to come?

Well, let's first take the cue from the French Voguettes as seen on this blog (during Paris Fashion Week - photos were courtesy of Jak & Jil)...


Hey, if Carine & Co. have been snapped wearing flats, it's pretty much a sign right?

If you're still not convinced, then check out what Nuclear Wintour's sidekick, Andre Leon Talley, had to say in his Vogue Daily post entitled Keep It Short, the highlights of which read...

Designers with an obsession for towering torture chambers, often poorly designed for the well-being of the foot, must get a reality check. I, for one, am over the mania for the high, high heel. Too many career women look like a herd of fashion beasts, aping one another in impractical shoes...

...Diana Vreeland’s favorite day shoe was a Roger Vivier boot with a flamenco dancer’s heel, measured to the exact millimeter. Do you think Katharine Hepburn would allow herself to fall victim to the stiletto? C. Z. Guest almost never wore high heels. Carolina Herrera wears heels all the time, but they are easy-to-walk-in 70mm Manolo Blahniks, or lower than three inches. Today’s devotees also include Kara Walker. I do like to see women who know how to glide gracefully along on a sensible low heel. So, designers: Can you stop the madness and dream up a new way to define your silhouette without a needle heel that defies not only gravity but elegance?


Do I need to show more proof? Ok, check out the 2010 Cruise/Resort collections (fine, it's resort wear, but when the designers and their stylists put something down the runway, reality follows right behind! so keep an eye out for flat oxfords in neutrals and metallics) from Calvin Klein...







and Chanel who sent some of their models down the boardwalk in two tone (black toe caps! heehee!) flats...



...if not barefoot (how flat is that)!


If Vogue editors and runway collections fail to inspire you, check out some looks from a Teen Vogue (August 2009) story on tomboy dressing...



So in the not too distant future, should you be caught dead wearing heels, don't say I didn't warn you! ;)

5 comments:

divasoria said...

i've been wearing flats so often now, i feel like age has gotten to me and i can't really stand being in killer heels most of the time at work. sad!

:(

lisa said...

I think heels will always have their place in fashion, but I applaud Andre Leon Talley for his insistence on moderation. Low heels are chic and comfortable.

Joni Andrea said...

Yey I've been living on my Repetto ballet flats, oxfords and Sperry boat shoes for the past couple of months. They are just so darn comfy and they're perfect for pulling off the whole men's inspired trend for summer. But for night outs, I still turn to my platforms. Heels just give you that extra oomph sometimes. :)

The Chiconomist Celine said...

Since I moved to New York, I'm rarely ever in heels. It's just so impractical in a city where we walk so much. I was just thinking the other day that I've totally shunned heels. I don't even keep them under my desk anymore, I just wear ballerina flats all day long.

cd said...

Grace! Sayang naman if you don't wear your heels! You've got a fabulous collection of sky highs!

That's very true Lisa! I will still wear heels when the occasion calls for it (and when I know I won't be walking much haha). Totally get ALT's point, moderation is key!

Yeah Joni! For day, nothing beats flats talaga! For night, as long as they're comfy, heels will of course be fab...

Cel! I think its the walking around NYC thing that got me shunning heels too. It's just not practical no?

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