How High the Moon?

Is it une femme’s imagination, or are shoe designers these days embracing ever more psychotic heel heights? And I’m not just talking about those wacky Balenciagas, but the shoes intended for work and play for those of us whose last name is not Beckham.

Take for example, the new lace-up oxford shoes, which this femme is highly enamored of. Too Fat For Fashion recently posted about this trend, showcasing several versions at different price ranges. Lovely, n’est-ce pas?

But wait, what’s wrong with this picture??? I only see one pair with a heel that looks to be less than 3″, and several that at first glance appear to be 4″ at least. Who can walk in these??? Especially if one’s foot is on the small side, the heel height can almost equal the length of the shoe. It used to be that 4″ heels were reserved for ladies night out, or ladies of the night. Now it would seem we’re expected to wear them to the office, to coffee, to walk the dog.

We currently are living in a world of heel extremes, either totally flat or skyscraper height. Has the 2″ heel been relegated to the scrap heap of footwear fashion, considered now as dowdy as your Grandmother’s Easy Spirit pumps? Will saner heads prevail at some point? Can anyone help une femme find an oxford-style shoe with less than a 3″ heel???

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8 Comments

  1. August 25, 2007 / 2:04 am

    Yeah, I hear you. At 38, with 3 kids under 5 and a full time job, I don’t have time for any of it. My feet need full support, all day, every day. Fortunately, I work on a college campus, and so can wear sneaks. Not that I do often. I mostly stick with my Danskos, which I agree are pretty hideous. I used to love fashionable shoes, and can’t believe I’m in grandma shoe territory.

    That said, Jennine of the Coveted posted these a few weeks back. http://remixvintageshoes.com/index5.html I am fascinated by them. Perhaps not workplace appropriate, but I leave that up to you. All I know is, in the 1940s, women were not expected to kill their feet either when dressing up or going to work. I completely BTP as Twisty would say. And I know exactly what Manolo would say. He would direct us toward some classic Kate Spade slender mid height heel. That’s still too flimsy for me, not to mention too formal.

    A long way of saying yes, dilemma noted!

  2. August 25, 2007 / 3:08 am

    I did ponder those remix vintage shoes when Jennnine posted them. I may have to go back and have another look. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. August 25, 2007 / 3:43 pm

    Ooohh, yum! those remix vintage ones are great!

  4. August 25, 2007 / 10:43 pm

    Dana said, …”in the 1940s, women were not expected to kill their feet either when dressing up or going to work.”

    This is true! And have you seen the FEET of women from that era? Hammertoes, bunions- don’t get Miss Janey started.

    We’ll stick with 3″ or lower except for special occassions. Now… must go check out the shies recommended here…

  5. August 28, 2007 / 3:29 pm

    Check out Chie Mihara! I’m in love with these from her new fall collection:

    http://www.jildorshoes.com/ product.cfm/hurl/Fusil_Black_Patent
    /PI=47792

    Also, these from her last fall/winter season:

    http://www.chiemihara.com/
    chiestore/default.asp?pagina=
    2&tipo=1&IdCSZapato=36&lim=2

  6. October 20, 2010 / 6:34 pm

    I’m probably in the minority, (not that it’s ever stopped me)! I love the high platforms (throwback from my 70s teenhood). For a girl with thick shapely gams these shoes are great. I find they provide more stability than the thin stilettos. I wish I could afford to buy all of the ones you displayed.

    Le désir dans mon cœur pour les chaussures plate-forme!

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