Just when you thought fashion was finally getting a grip on reality in a practical way, don’t congratulate yourself on your new pair of tube-ride-friendly pumps just yet; it appears the pendulum of trendiness has swung back once again in favour of feckless flights of fancy. Spring 2014′s picks aren’t just impractically heeled, they’re backless!
Maybe this lament is unique to me as a flat-footed person whose choice of shoes has always been compromised by one of my physical quirks. I just about scrape five foot and – funnily enough – have UK size 5 feet (about a US size 7.5) with no arch whatsoever. I suppose I should be grateful; combine my big, flat feet with my height and teetotal lifestyle and you have someone probably the least likely to fall over! I just remember it being a curse as a child. At least half my summer holidays each year were frustratingly encroached upon by trawling every local shop, tirelessly, to find an adequately-fitting pair of school shoes – as if the ‘Back to School’ billboards plastered everywhere weren’t ominous enough! Anyway, back to the point of this entry: having the arch to contend with is bad enough but without anything to strap me in, I might have to give this trend a wide berth.
Maybe the back of the ankle is gaining ground as the erogenous zone du jour. Maybe the style does carry a certain elegance. Maybe, heaven forbid, the trend might even catch on! Rupert Sanderson, Manolo Blahnik, Rochas, Gianvito Rossi, Chloé and Jenni Kayne have all put their best feet forward according to style.com so perhaps the dust may settle yet. What do you think about backless shoes? Elegant or an epic fall waiting to happen?