RIP heels: ­flats are back in fashion!

23 September 2009

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF Vivienne Westwood Twenty8Twelve

Stiletto burn, be gone! One of the key trends that’s emerged from five days of London Fashion Week is that flats are definitely back on the fashion agenda for Spring 2010. Vivienne Westwood sent strappy patent sandals and loafers down the catwalk, the boys at Meadham Kirchhoff had done the most beautiful laced brogues with a bird flying off the back, the Miller sisters were all about lace-up sandals at Twenty8Twelve and even when heels were out in force they were less vertiginous than we’ve seen in the past. So what’s the deal? It’s not hard to draw a recession connection. Last season fashion editors watched models tumble from some of the most extreme heels ever­ (think Nina Ricci’s heel-less numbers) at the same time as the FTSE started its descent. Six months on, the mood seems to be about shoes that, whisper it, are quite frankly a bit more down to earth. And it wasn’t just on the catwalk we witnessed this new movement. More than half of the fashion crowd we (admittedly-not-hugely-accurately) assessed crossing the cobbles of LFW’s new home Somerset House were wearing flats. There was even one member of Team Grazia who dug out her pink baseball Converse (teamed with a fabulous sequin jacket of course). So take note girls. And put those extreme heels in storage!


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