This season’s collections have demonstrated a prolific new trend in shoes: the flat has suddenly emerged to dominate the runways, and heels have decreased in height. However, as heels have shrunk, the platform has grown giving a rise to a new range of geisha style flat platforms as seen at Chanel, or paired with thick chunky heels at Marc Jacobs and Mulberry. This is a great trend as wedges and thicker heels still look glamorous and tap into the seventies trend, which is so prevalent this season — and they’re so much more comfortable to wear.
Wear these heels in plain wood and leather, colour-wise think tan brown (a hot colour of accessories in 2011), or contrast utterly in floral or animal prints. Topshop have some beautifully sculpted versions, and H&M have some slightly lower but equally on-trend wedges. Canvas and weaving was also popular and featured at Prada. This is an ideal trend to take on holiday and woven wedges can complete your summer pool-side look. New Look have a wide range at the moment, in a variety of colours and prints.
There are also a range of styles for straps and toes to choose from. Peep-toes at Christian Louboutin, minimal thin straps at Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, covered toes at Matthew Williamson and heeled espadrilles at Dior. So whichever style you prefer, just make sure you have a solid, chunky heel or wedge and big wooden or woven platforms.