Fall 2010 is bringing a new, fresh look to high heel shoes. Over the past decade we have been watching as shoes have gone to inconceivable heights. At times, it appeared as if models on the runway were walking on boxes rather than actual shoes. The soles of shoes became large canvasses for artwork. Platforms boasted multiple colors and patches of fabric or leather. Embellishments have been a mainstay on both the platform portion of the shoe as well as the upper portion adorning our feet. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area fashionistas have embraced the more conservative versions of the platforms seen on the Paris, Milan and New York runways over the past few years. Christian Louboutin has had the most popular platform shoes in the bay area with his soles that raise the toes roughly one inch above the ground and the heel about four inches from the floor. Louboutin’s open toe and closed toe pump styles have been spotted on fashionable feet throughout the bay area in fabrications such as leather, satin and glitter.
The Fall 2001 runways showed much flatter soles than in previous seasons. Chanel showed fur boots with flat soles and clear heels. Prada gave us dazzling patent mary janes with flat soles and four inch heels. Although flat soles may be making a comeback, it does not mean fashionistas will have to move all of their platforms to the back of the closet. Designers such as Balenciaga showed platforms with sky high heels for Fall 2010. This means fashionistas in the bay area will have a choice between platforms or flat soled high heels. How perfect is that! It is always a great fashion season when we do not have to worry about what we wear on our feet. Transitionary periods in fashion allow us to wear the type of shoe we feel like wearing without the worry of seeming outdated.
In this recession, it is always nice to know that fashionistas in the bay area can bring back their beloved Manolo Blahniks from the back of the closet and relive those fabulous high heel days when the pump was a delicate work of art, rather than a five pound weight on our feet. Of course, there will still be days when fashionistas will feel like being taller and funky. Those will be the days we pull out our platforms and make our outfit all about our shoes! Enjoy the Fall 2010 shoe season and stay fabulous!