Half the reason I ordered Ann Taylor‘s “Perfect Flats” was a spiteful attempt to find a way in which they are not, in fact, “Perfect.” But I needed new black flats and didn’t want to spend $500 to replace my Lanvin regulars as they became increasingly less wearable, though I assumed the $98 Ann Taylor substitutes would be nothing but a short-lived band-aid on the problem. As it turns out, I was wrong. Not only do they look good — far better, in fact, than their picture — the leather is soft, the sole padded and the toe cleavage perfectly balanced. If this is what Ann Taylor’s new designer and sleeker approach is going to look like all the time, consider us interested. [$98, Ann Taylor] Keep reading »
“I would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels. I’d never give up my wigs and hats for anything.”
– Lady Gaga, who appeared on “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” and discussed just how tragic it would be if she were seen taking out the trash or sans outlandish costumes. Apparently, the world would end if we saw her in a pair of jeans. [Yahoo] Keep reading »
Last spring, we told you about vending machines in UK clubs that sell ballet flats to slip onto tired feet after a night of dancing. Well, Rollasole shoes have crossed the pond, and while we haven’t seen dispensers at any bars in the states, you can plan for high heel pain by ordering a pair of these roll-up flats for $9.99 at Target.com. They’re probably not durable enough to wear every day, but it would be handy to pop them into your purse (they get super small!) before heading out on the town — they even come with a bag for carrying your uncomfortable heels home. [Rollasole] Keep reading »
Ballet flats better not go out of style during our lifetime. They’re comfortable and cute, a combination we rarely find in our closet, and our feet simply wouldn’t know what to do without them. We’ll slip on this Lela Rose for Payless pair, which features an origami-like bow, to make basic outfits less blah. Even though there’s a lot going on with the pattern and toe decoration, the neutral gray and white coloring means we can wear them on a regular basis, provided snow isn’t in the forecast. [$29.99, Payless] Keep reading »
This season on the runways, Marc Jacobs made a bold move when it came to footwear. Instead of the normal heels that designers show as part of their collection, he decided that flats are in for spring. Women all over sighed that their feet could take a break from the stilettos, at least according to Marc.
But despite the pain, aren’t the added few inches powerful? Don’t you crave looking straight into the eyes of your male counterparts at work? Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, and Manolo Blahnik are all empires built on the idea that women want to wear heels, desire the intense heights, and simply feel dressed down in flats. Keep reading »
Despite all the outlandishly high heels designers like Rodarte, Nina Ricci, and John Galliano put on the runway for fall, The Times has declared heels dead. As proof of this trend, the paper cites a survey from department store Selfridges that reports a 20 percent increase in sales of flat shoes and the story of a company that banned high heels for health reasons. Even though a few other New York designers favored flats for fall, we’re not so sure we agree heels are dead per se, especially because I’d like to get out of these flat sandals I’ve been wearing for months.
Which do you prefer: heels or flats? Keep reading »