While the fashion pack gear up for London Fashion Week, heels, apparently are going down. Who would Adam and Eve it? Fashionista’s of the highest order in flat shoes, now this has to be seen to be believed. Style bibles far and wide have been spreading the word: flats are back! And with style veteran extraordinaire Anna Wintour donning the look, who are we to argue?
However, you can forget dusting off your old ballet pumps from the back of the cupboard, the new flat heeled look is androgynous and edgy. Think tomboy loafers, brogues and desert boots, while Dr Martens and biker boots provide a tougher vibe reminiscent of the late 80s, early 90s.
At the Autumn/Winter collections androgyny played a key role at Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang, meanwhile the likes of Alexa Chung and Agyness Deyn have been endorsing the boyish look since spring.
After season upon season of models wobbling down catwalks in sky-high heels the sudden drop to flats may come as a bit of a surprise. No doubt the move will be linked to the economic downturn but as last season can testify – heels couldn’t physically get any higher.
Recently the Trades Union Congress announced that high heels are demeaning to women and should not be endorsed as part of the office uniform. How amusing to think that the TUC is currently in tune with fashions front line.
There’s no escaping it; flats are emerging as a strong autumn trend and it will be interesting to see if the fash pack can bear to part with their Louboutin’s and Manolos come fashion freak.