Impossibly high, gravity defying and potentially problematic while walking a distance of greater than 100 metres – ah, the wonders of heels! They pinch our toes in ways we never knew possible… but they’re so pretty, right?!
As a vertically challenged shoe obsessive, I openly admit having gone to the ridiculous heights in footwear to achieve that long legged look all over the catwalk. And surprisingly, despite any pain endured due to the sky scraping designs I chose to hobble and wobble on, I wouldn’t give them up for the world…
But after watching the array of biker boots Karl Lagerfeld recently sent down the runway for Chanel this season I wonder if I may have to reconsider my high-test attitude. Lagerfeld’s girls stomped proudly down the catwalk with a tangible strength and power as they donned the boyish boots in a variety of laced, buckled and printed forms.
The decision to include drastically different footwear on the catwalk was not one without risk. Paris fashion week’s contributors pulled some show stopping heels out of the bag for their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections. To look at the rubber dominatrix boots of Louis Vuitton, or the Palais 105 Pumps by Yves Saint Laurent, proves that the power of the heel is a force not to be reckoned with. Yet Chanel’s girls did not fall short in the midst of these wonders and stood out amongst the toppling crowd.
The real magic behind these boots is the innovative way they represent the boy/girl trend tipped to be a highlight of Autumn/Winter 2011. The introduction of key wardrobe pieces alike to these Chanel boots will be enable us to really combine street style with high fashion. They are a realistic representation of what many young woman want to dress like now.
Accessible AND comfortable? If it’s good enough for Chanel, it’s good enough for me.