This summer, the sandals on the streets will be works of art. Gone are steep, pretty stilettos and delicate kitten heels. For now, the chunky heel is back. And what’s more exciting is that all designers are outdoing themselves in creating a heelthat’s more creative than the last—and a tad harder to wear!
About seven years ago, I bought a pair of Steve Madden shoes with no heel. It was a gorgeous pair of wooden shoes on a high platform with beautiful Chinese silk that my feet slipped into, and tall as I stood and comfortably as I walked, there was no heel—just a wide gap where the heel should have been. I have them in my shoe closet till today—I have had them photographed and modelled in, I have displayed them for my friends to see, I have stared at them and tried them on with every outfit I own, but I have never worn them. And I’m not afraid of heights.
This time around though, the heel is in place and my choices are many. As usual, of course, I have my favourites—the most outstanding shoe of the season has to be Paule Ka’s transparent heeled shoe (€690, approx. Rs40,400). Its graphic design is simply stunning. Others to watch out for are Chanel’s sparkling gold and black (approx. Rs55,000), Dolce & Gabbana’s metallic (yet to hit the stores), and a variety from Louis Vuitton (approx. Rs39,000) that are comfortable as well as showpieces.
Also, you should know, the rules of wearing chunky heels have changed. You can now wear them with pretty flowing dresses—short and knee length, or with skinny pants and wide leg, with suits and shorts. You can add more definition to your look by adding a bow to your neck if there’s a knot on your sandal, and you may even pair them with socks. But want some really good advice? Get a great pedicure—with polish as sheer organza or as dark as the night—cause everyone’s going to be looking at your feet!
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