How do you know when you have over-indexed on a trend? I used to think it was just a function of marketplace over-saturation, but for whatever reason, Disney princess sandals still reign supreme no matter how many pairs are released. So I’ve changed my thesis: you’ve over-indexed when a particular trend stops feeling modern. And most recently, block heels are dead to me. I don’t mean literal block heels — the kind that look like children’s toys or architectural marvels. Those fall squarely into the bracket of “personality heels,” which are very much alive and probably still in their embryonic stage, as a matter of fact. But I’m talking about the tried-and-true, cut-and-dry, thick heels that have been nailed to the soles of our souls for, I don’t know, the last three years?
Now, I’m not insinuating that you stop wearing them if you still love them. Why would I do that to you? I’m not even suggesting that you won’t look modern if you wear them. What I’m saying is that if you, too, are feeling the pang of the end of a trend, join me on this journey to meet what comes after the block heel.
I’ve separated my cogitations to encompass three different categories: kitten heels, the cowboy boot/motorcycle boot hybrid (or both, respectively), and wedges, which are still a little premature, so could probably be called “cone heels” for now (think Isabel Marant boots like these ones, Céline shoes like these ones, or Saint Laurent’s 401k, a.k.a. dramatic excuse for a shoe, like-a-this.)
The kitten heel
This style of shoe, a literal opposite to the block heel, while really nothing new (they have been creeping up and in for at least like, three years at this point), are running amuck across the streets and the stores and…your feet(s)? I am partial toward the boot versions, which offer ankle support and sTyLe. They look great with cropped and baggy jeans, would probably serve a mid-length dress really nicely, and seem to know everything there is to know about looking like a lady without having to also act like one. I’m tired of talking about this, let’s move on!
The cowboy/moto-boot hybrid
Again! These could reveal themselves as one or the other (a cowboy boot or a motorcycle boot) and are effectively the brainchild of a combination of Céline, Balenciaga and Calvin Klein. Céline’s iterations date as far back as Fall 2015, whereas Balenciaga’s started permeating the sphere (and making a case for having the toe of your shoe stick up with pride) in 2016. Calvin Klein showed his first cowboy boots for Fall 2017, and it would be wrong for me to leave out Isabel Marant, whose clothes have maintained a Western vibe born out of the brand’s bohemian DNA since the beginning of time. Or at least her 2006 launch.
And here comes the wedge
This is still conjecture, which is why I couldn’t find very many good examples of wedges that are up and out for the taking. If you’re wondering how I landed here, I don’t actually know. It’s just a feeling that I have. Possibly a feeling borne out of the pervasiveness of cone heels, or maybe just a gut instinct that wants me to tell you that where you might lack comfort in your kitten heel, you will make up for it in this wedge.
Which do you like best? Is that a reductive question? Just tell me anything you want to share.
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