Spring is here! The weather’s getting warmer, the trees are budding and the forsythia is in bloom! Which means it’s time to put away the suede shooties and shearling booties (mostly) and start thinking pedicures and peep-toe pumps. That is, if it doesn’t snow the first week of April….
On the Spring 2012 Runways we saw a lot of what we’ve been seeing and wearing: sky
high-heels, chunky platforms, and barely-there flat sandals in every color of the rainbow (almost) including color block. This is definitely one of the most exciting springtimes for shoes I’ve seen in years!
But let’s face a few small facts: it’s hard to get around town in sky-high heels. Chunky platforms on over 40 legs aren’t always fun, let alone attractive. So what’s a woman to do?
My favorite fashion guru, Bill Cunningham, recently noticed that women in New York City (a place where it’s important to be quick on your feet) have put the huge heels in their tote bags, and are traversing the streets in ballet flats. If you have to move fast, nothing beats a good-fitting ballet flat! I have several inexpensive pair that I use for kicking around in the spring and summer, esp. when I don’t have heavy-duty walking ahead of me. That’s the great thing about ballet flats: you don’t need an expensive pair to look great.
That’s not to say that heels and platforms will go by the wayside. Not at all! And if you want to wear them, by all means do! I’m so looking forward to getting into my 4.5 inch red Guess platform sandals that I bought last year, even if I don’t wear them while traipsing through the streets of New York City or to the local grocery store — although the latter can be lots of fun, esp. if I want to turn a few heads…
Which leads me to another reason why you might want to wear some high heels every now and then. Not only can they lengthen your legs, but they’re great eye-catchers. Yes, even if you have a husband or a boyfriend, please just admit that it’s great fun to catch some good-looking guy eyeing up your shoes. It’s a thrill! I find it even more fun when the good-looking guys are a whole lot younger than myself (shoes are one of those things that are, well, ageless if you let them be.) This cute little feature from Glamour.com let’s you in on what goes through the brains of men when they’re looking at your shoes. Totally darling!