Friends, we need to discuss something. Something of dire importance. Something that is DRIVING ME BONKERS.
It’s the single sole heel. And the fashion world’s eagerness to declare it the next big trend.
First, Lynn Yaeger wrote a two-page service article in January’s Vogue about how to wear a single-soled heel. Of course, Lynn Yaeger wrote it, so it was well done. But the concept is ridiculous. How can “the high heel” be a trend, when it never went anywhere in the first place?
Net-a-Porter further fueled my rage by devoting a whole newsletter to single sole shoes. “Our new shoe obsession…,” the subject line read. “There’s a style revolution underfoot,” the copy joked.
Except it’s not. Because while I know exposed platform heels were a “thing” for quite some time—and I honestly have found them fairly gauche for a number of years now—declaring the standard high heel a trend feels like a reach. Kenzo sweatshirts are trendy. Nail art is trendy. Oxblood is trendy. But single sole heels? They’re just single sole heels.
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