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Fashion - November 2012

28 Oct 2012

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Flat-out

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had a “shoe slip up”.

Thankfully, most of the time it’s not recorded or broadcast on the news.

Following her spectacular Indian fall, Julia Gillard has quite possibly fallen over more times than any other head of state.

Apart from facing criticism on her hair, appearance and policies, having to deal with embarrassing tumbles is tough.

We all struggle. You just have to look around in race season to see the potential failing of a grass-plus-high heels combination.

Perhaps it’s time ladies to put functionality before fashion. Regain stability to keep your feet firmly on the ground and enjoy your champagne (or political engagement) without losing face, or your footing.

This season, the aptly-titled “flatforms” are a hit for tackling uneven ground, cobblestone streets or any soft-ground scenario.

The shoes have a raised sole, the same height front and back – giving you the height of a high heel, without the torturous impact on your feet.

Usually between 3-5 inches, these gems make you taller while keeping your feet level so you aren’t forced to balance or hobble around at an awkward angle.

However, the jury is still out on their appearance.

They lack the delicateness of the stiletto and the power-woman attitude of a court shoe.

But in term of practicality, they’re not as easy to flit about as flats – no high heel will ever be. Y

et they offer a relatively comfy alternative to strapping yourself into some five-inch killer stilettos.
D

ifferent from both the wedge and the platform, the flatform is the shoe of 2012 – available in a brogue, sandal or mule.

Julia, take note.

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