I know we always advocate the heel. “The higher, the better” is practically written into our coat of arms, but there’s a time and a place for sky-high stilettos and this is just not their season. Chunky-heels and stacked platforms, you guys are gonna sit the next play out, too.
Perhaps one of the first things we noticed this fashion week was that everyone seemed to be sporting flats. And by everyone, I mean everyone: the street stylers, the editors, Bill Cunningham, and most notably the models on countless runways whose footwear ran the gamut of sandals to loafers.
The touchdown back to planet ground was hypothesized back in July, a welcome change after April’s mandate of the single sole pump, and essentially comforting considering we’d been living an entire summer flopping around in flips and what have you. (The supremely cool were wearing Birkenstocks, Furkinstocks and their equally crunchy if not highly orthopedic cousins.)
Per this Spring ’14 observation and the fact that it’s already been made known on the streets: the Serengeti Plains of footwear, it seems, aren’t going anywhere come fall.
The land of the flats can be a daunting field to navigate. Heels lend themselves to much stronger categories: you have your stilettos, your pumps, the chunks, the platformed Tributes and their copy cats, the heeled boot, the stacked heel, the knee-high, the T-strap, the shut up Amelia we get it already.
But flats…how does one begin to categorize flats?
I’m Type A so I’ve done it for you. I’m also lazy so there’s only going to be three categories.
First up: The Ladylikes
From left to right we have Rochas, Oscar de la Renta, and Dolce & Gabbana.
The Ladylikes are pristine boarding on prissy, embellished, and more often than not they are pointed at their adorable-ass toe. If the front of the shoe gets just a little too rounded, we enter ballet territory and that’s not what this look is about.
Alexander Wang makes a fantastic black leather version here, and few do the d’Orsay quite like Jenni Kayne. Kate Spade’s taxicabs will turn your feet into walking vehicles, and this red delicious pair by Charlotte Olympia gives new meaning to the term “face time.”
Category number two: The Funkies
These snazzy loafers will make all your adversaries jealous, should your opponents be Elton John, Liberace or Elvis. Why you’d be in a fight with these musical figureheads, I’ll never know, but if I had to guess, I suppose I’d assume they found a time machine and traveled to the future where they saw that one day, on the runway, you’d be the ones in jazzy-ass shoes.
Anywho from East to West we have Rodarte, Phillip Lim and Creatures of the Wind showing the legends of rock/masters of the piano exactly how to be footloose and fancy free.
Nailing The Funkies by way of flats you can purchase now: these black & white tap shoes by Saint Laurent, these gold-dipped ones by Marni, and to take a break from the loafer and remember the sneaker–look no further than this pair by Rivieras.
The third category I’m dubbing “The Normals.”
I may take back that name, however, because these mule-backed-loafers by The Row are absolute perfection and very far from normal.
(A better word may have been “classic” but what’s done is done.)
The Normals include old-faithful shapes, familiar styles and neutral colors, but it’s their craftsmanship and detail that make them just as special as the jazzies and the snazzies mentioned above. This oxblood Bass pair will outlive us all, as will these by Reed Krakoff. And an Acne pair in white pony hair? Keep away from dirt but otherwise, they’re golden.
Before you go, wanna see something cool?
Find the song “Worst Behavior” by Drake off his new album. We highly advocate legal downloads, Spotify or anything else that won’t get you thrown in jail. (The versions on YouTube are weird so try this link but note it’s not the full song.)
Now click play.
Now watch this:
Happy Friday hot toddies! And tell us what other songs this gif works with! (And tell us what flats you want. See a pair we don’t have on here? Show us!)
Mad props to Charlotte Fassler for her market werk.
Runway images courtesy of Vogue.com