I'm not saying that the sexy high heel or clunky platform is dead (yet), I'm just saying that maybe I've spent way too many days trotting around the city in shoes that were not only impractical but downright dangerous. True story; one lovely summer evening I happened to be walking along in the West Village enjoying my surroundings after a new shop opening and even though I thought I was treading carefully, my giant brocade Miu Miu platforms proved otherwise. One minute I was up, and the next I was down. Down in the middle of the street, mind you. How exactly it happened, I really couldn't say. Now every time I look at those shoes, I feel like they are mocking me. I can almost hear them calling me a clumsy fool.
In the interest of not breaking an ankle, throwing myself into oncoming traffic (again) or looking like I've plowed through one too many, I've decided to go a different route. The route of the new groovy flat. Not only will I not fall over myself and down the subway stairs (yes, I've done that too), but I'll remain standing in the chicest new shoe style that strikes me as a cross between an authentic ballet slipper, an old grandfather's leather house scuff and one of those truly fugly beaded mesh 'shoes' one buys in Chinatown to do housework in. Celine's version of the glove shoe hit the ground running several seasons ago as a flat or pump with a low, squared heel, and in turn spurred a desire for this ugly, yet wildly chic footwear (devotees can argue who was first-Celine, Martiniano or Maryam Nassir Zadeh?).
Just in, Acne Studio's soft Allegra and Adria versions are right in tune with my new mindset, and also with my wardrobe of easy black Japanese fashion of soft droopy trousers and unstructured modern garments. But the beauty of this shoe is that they work on many levels. With denim. With long skirts. With vintage. With soft dresses. With menswear. As long as the proportion is right, they're right on. The appeal lies in the softness of the leather that encases the foot, but also I think in the long-throatedness of the shoe itself that culminates in a more natural squared-off toe shape. The coverage of the actual foot may be quite unsexy and unlike a ballet flat, un-cute if you will, but it is so totally cool in it's minimalistic chastey-ness, it's quite an addictive look.
So next time, instead of falling head over heels for a pair of shoes (quite literally), I think I'll just fall in love.