The vertiginous heel has fallen ̶ as have we when wearing it, more times than we’d likely care to admit. Really, it’s about time. Having persuaded us that nine inch heels sans the heels are in fact a valid sartorial choice (see Gaga’sweird hoof foot if there’s any confusion as to what I'm referring to), fashion has decided that, for now at least, the heel has reached its peak and a new, more ladylike shaped shoe has taken its place. Welcome the low heel.
Now, if any of you are experiencing flashbacks of the kitten heel, which, if you’re anything like me, will be remembered with nothing but a cold fear curdling in the bottom of your stomach (I maintain as hard to walk in as heels five times its height and surely it wasn’t only my calves that looked chunkier immediately on slipping into a pair?) don’t fret: this new low heel is also satisfyingly chunky ̶ with a suitably flattering heft that can only be slimming ̶ and stable; almost geometric, if we’re going to get into fashion abstracts, here.
Admittedly, a rather odd trend this, as it sees us herald LK Bennet again, without the Kate Middleton nude heel association, but more the kind of shoe your nan might wear, as indeed, some of you may recognise it as. But don’t let that put you off. The sensible heel is no longer a fashion pariah, but rather the shape de la saison; celebrated by every designer from Roksanda Ilincic to Anna Sui, it was all over the SS13 catwalks. Even Victoria Beckham was embracing the midi heel, so you know it must be a thing.
A quick change of footwear will also leave you perfectly in step with this season’s celebration of the retro: replace your wedges with a chunky pair of sandals instead to go with a maxidress for an immediate 70’s vibe this summer ̶ heralded on the catwalks by the likes of Mark Fast, or do as they do in Mad Men and team a low heeled court shoe with a full skirted dress, as seen in Temperly London’s SS collections.
For those of you rather unwilling to sacrifice the posture enhancing heels for clunkier flats though, help is at hand in the form of Marc Jacobs, who has come to the salvation of the block heel and those advocating it, with the pointiest of pointy-toed pumps. Slimming to the foot and delightfully retro, these are the shoes to be seen in this season.
So go forth and embrace this trend, run, skip, prance, or simply walk with confidence down the street without feeling crippling pain: in these shoes, you can.
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Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She's contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine.