The rise of flat shoes is not a trend to be questioned – in motion now for over three years, the single-sole may well be at it’s highest point. Fashion week has never seen so many flat shoes – both on and off the runway. For comfort? For cool? All we know is that a flat looks confident and modern and works as a great buffer for more extravagant looks, short hemlines and fancy evening wear in the day.
So the reaction to that heinous period of sky-scraping hooker heels continues and there are more flat shoe styles being introduced by the minute – ‘90s flatforms, brogues, sneakers, Birkinstocks. Could you really have imagined a Birkie with a Balmain power shoulder? It’s the clothes and styling of London’s runways and street chic that have often led the charge when it comes to that smart-casual mix, but with Milan – the inimitably uber-glam leg of fashion month – lowering down to ground level, flat shoes could be coming for the most dedicated stiletto wearers.
Victoria Beckham likes a winkle-picking, pointed-toe shoe these days [Instagram]
Remember how She-of-the-Platform AKA Victoria Beckham shocked one and all with her Manolo Blahnik monk-straps for Spring/Summer 2013? And then again with Saint Laurent’s oxfords? She chose the latter for a stroll during NYFW, making those who were navigating the ice in six inchers look darn silly.
Back to the catwalks: From Marc by Marc Jacobs’ ziggy-zaggy pumped-up trainers through to the fierce black flats at Erdem or Marni’s shiny loafers, you can scroll through the gallery to see the best flats of Autumn/Winter 2014 so far…