I was reading a great post from Male Pattern Boldness this morning about brand-loyalty and fashion trends, and it reminded me about this one particular trend that is going on right now that I find so completely baffling to the point of anger: ridiculously high-heeled shoes.
Ever since that Sex In the City dingbat started teetering around New York in her Manolo Blahniks, women have been subjected to (pursuing?) higher and higher heels in their shoes. When the heel couldn’t get any higher, they started adding platforms to make them go higher. And recently, I’ve started seeing a particularly insane version of this shoe with a platform so high and so out of place that is looks like they wearer might have some kind of developmental problem and one leg is shorter than the other.
I did a little research and one of the perpetrators of this crime against women and fashion is Christian Louboutin. So not only are these shoes horrendously ugly, impractical and dangerous to walk in, but they are fucking expensive too.
This kind of makes me hate women for buying into this crap. I think it feeds into so many insecurities that women are sold on, the fear of being short being one of them. So rather than look short, they’ve been convinced that this orthopedic, club-foot couture is fashionable and fierce. Then again, maybe some of it is no more than stupid sheep following stupid trends.
My friend Alisha recently sent me a link to an article that put this new trend in much more articulate and sociological perspective.
“We have entered a moment of heightened impracticality in footwear,” Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of “Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe” told CNN. “Heel heights noticeably grew during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the oil crisis in the 1970s, and when the dotcom bubble burst in the 2000s.” Women’s shoes are now at an all-time high, and Semmelhack believes during tough economic times, there’s “a greater need for escapism.”
Next time I need a little escapism, I’ll pass on the shoe-inflicted broken neck and watch a corny movie instead.