From time-to-time I like to pick on certain trends; mostly because I feel a genuine attraction to them. This would be the case for the chunky heel! It takes me back to my mother's '70 shoes which I grew up playing dress-up with. Didn't many of us did with our mother's clothes, makeup and shoes? I recalled they were made of leather and a 'real wood' chunky high heel--probably the only pair of shoes she didn't use to throw at us when we misbehaved. I wonder whether it was because of damage control or she didn't want to mess up her shoes. LOL Anyways, this trend is gaining popularity but in an oversized manner and almost deforming. I'm not just talking about a thick-heel, I'm talking about an outrageous one.
The shape of the heel has been changing non-stop lately. You have seen translucent ones to even heeless shoes that cause the illusion of walking on your tippy-toes. I must say when I first seen a semi-comeback last year of the distorted chunky heel on a famous style editor--which should remain nameless in the streets of New York, I disliked it and it reminded me of the shoes witches wear in fairy tale books(of course) or leprechauns(of course again). I wasn't feeling this new chunky heel deformity. Talk about re-invention.
Well, before we step forward in our chunky heels and clap our hands, did you know that heels were worn by men and the heel height was related to social status? Don't take our word for it, read it here--caution, this read will cause other modest reflections. Anyways, it has been almost a year from that time and since then I have warmed up to this new 'Chunky' style after seeing them in a better light and perhaps styled better, but not sure how extreme I would imagine to go--I just can seem to get past that fairy tale image. Moving on, this new heel effect was popular on the runway for Spring 2014 and I have seen it extend to Fall too; 3.1 Phillip Lim used them their 2014 Fall Collection during New York Fashion Week. I don't know if it is really here to stay, I sense it might just be a passing trend that could extend into maybe another season. Somehow, I feel it is a phase in the design transition of the heel and it is not quite done changing yet. So, I don't really see a re-invention, just a pretty cool(per case) re-design and a good weapon in case of an emergency. The upside for those who do heels is perhaps a more comfortable shoe and somehow it does make it more modest by taking away that sex appeal that high heels carry.
What do you think of this type of heel?
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