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FASHION BLOGGERS DITCHING THE HEEL

Fashion and trends have often acted as the driving force behind a woman’s wardrobe and shoe choice. Whilst heels have traditionally dominated the runway, on models and in magazines, as of late we are seeing a transitioning trend to more comfortable footwear choice such as low heels, brogues, slides, flats and sneakers. Trends come and go but for now, we are loving the change in scenery for our soles. Now we can look AND feel good. Soaring heights on heels and the consequential pain and suffering is so passé.

Behind this new trend is the ideology that non-heeled shoes are no longer seen as the “daggy” or “lazy” shoe of choice. Not sure how to inject more “fashion” into your flats? Take inspiration from the following fashion bloggers who are embracing the new trend of ditching their heels for shoes that don’t kill!

Caroline Blomst

Caroline Blomst (Caroline’s Blog)

Swedish blogger and street style photographer Caroline Blomst is always on point with her effortless looks. Here she’s opted for a gorgeous pair of Gianvito Rossi boots for a understated chic style. No heels needed!

Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast)

Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast)

Rumi Neely from Fashion Toast perfects the relaxed summer look with her pairing of a silk romper with Isabel Marant slides. A look we will be replicating in the warmer months ahead.

 

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Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad)

Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad wears flats from her own Chiara Ferragni Collection to add a pop of metallic shimmer to her colourful outfit. Difficult to pull off but great inspo regardless!

Aimee Song (Song of Style)

Aimee Song (Song of Style)

Aimee Song from Song of Style leads the way in Paris with her comfy and easy-to-wear Everlane loafers – the ultimate travel shoe of choice.

Leandra Medine (Man Repeller)

Leandra Medine (Man Repeller)

Leandra Medine from Man Repeller shows us how to take the sneakers out of the gym and straight into fashion week with style.

Are you feeling inspired yet?

-JL

CELEBS SPEAK OUT AGAINST HEELS

High heels have always been regarded as a key symbolism of womanhood and femininity – something that’s attributed to a female’s sense of style and grace. Whenever a special occasion pops up, be it for a wedding, a job interview or a party, we almost always feel inclined to wear a pair of heels. The positives of wearing high heels is that they often complete an outfit and make us feel like a million bucks. However most of us women also know that high heels can be our worst enemy. Not only are they painful to walk in, they can also cause long-lasting damage to our body, affecting our muscles, bones and posture…etc. The greater question remains…are heels worth it?

The Huffington Post reveals what several famous female celebrities think of heels…

“I hate high heels, more than anything.” — Cara Delevingne

“Literally, these [heels] slow you down.”– Kristen Stewart

“[Please let my daughter] not have to wear high heels.” — Tina Fey

“Satan’s shoes.” — Jennifer Lawrence

“When I’m wearing heels at events, my feet feel like they’re sitting in pools of blood.” — Elizabeth Olsen

Below, fashion it girls Miranda Kerr, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner showcases some serious style inspiration whilst ditching their heel for shoes that don’t kill.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevigne

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner

Which look is your favourite?

-JL

FASHION THAT DOESN’T KILL THE SOLE

Let’s face it, when it comes to taking care of our body, our feet tends to be low on our priority list.

The foot may seem like it’s quite a simple structure but it’s actually more complicated than you think. According to Dr Nina Byrnes, the foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 126 muscles and multiple nerves. Very rarely are we born with foot problems – most of the time, they are acquired as we age and wearing ill-fitting shoes can be one of the reasons.

Think about the last time you had to wear heels for a long time. Did you feel pain across the toes and/of in the heel and arch? Or did your entire foot just feel like it was about to collapse?

Heels or shoes in general with a narrow toe can push the toes together and this can damage the structure of your toes overtime. High heels in particular push a lot of weight and strain onto the ball of the feet, contributing to immense foot pain.

Many women perceive the thought of wearing flats as an unfashionable choice but this season, you couldn’t be more wrong. The latest runway trends from New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week dictate the return of the birkenstock and pool slides. Fashion that’s comfortable and stylish? Ditch your heels today and save your soles – it’s really a no-brainer.

See below for an edit of our favourite flats and slides, in stores right now!

Witchery: Sam Gladiator ($129.95)

Witchery: Sam Gladiator ($129.95)

Seed ($69.95)

Seed ($69.95)

Country Road: Harriet Sandal ($79.95)

Country Road: Harriet Sandal ($79.95)

Sportsgirl: Lexy Tab Slide ($59.95)

Sportsgirl: Lexy Tab Slide ($59.95)

Saba: Winnie Slide ($199)

Saba: Winnie Slide ($199)

-JL

DITCHING THE HEEL AT MILAN FASHION WEEK

High heels have long been attributed as the ‘fashionable’ and ‘trendy’ shoe of choice but the latest runway looks hot from Milan Fashion Week proves that switching the heel can be just as chic. Haven’t you heard? “Going flat” and “being comfy” is the new way to go.

To all you fashionistas out there, this is the best excuse to pull out those flats and invest in more slides! For once, fashion doesn’t have to kill your soles. Look to the latest Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collections from Bally, Missoni, Tods, Giorgio Armani and Sportmax for some style inspiration – images courtesy of Style.com

Bally Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection - www.style.com

Bally Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection – http://www.style.com

Missoni Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection - www.style.com

Missoni Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection – http://www.style.com

Tods Spring Ready-to-Wear Collection - www.style.com

Tods Spring Ready-to-Wear Collection – http://www.style.com

Giorgio Armani Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection – http://www.style.com

Sportmax Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection - www.style.com

Sportmax Spring Ready-to-Wear Collection – http://www.style.com

 

#SwitchTheHeel today and #SaveYourSoles – without sacrificing your style!

-JL