Seems high heels are causing all manner of concerns at the Fashion Weeks around the globe. Not just of concern are the height of the heels the affects on anatony and foot pain but the number of wardrobe malfunctions they cause has itself become a newsworthy news. Most of the reported slips and trips reported from London to New York were caused by heavy traffic on the catwalks with at least four models taking a complete ‘bum thud’ tumble. At least one model had the good grace to fall holding her heels held high just to catch that all important photo moment. There seems some resistance however among some of the models who recentley refused to walk in ultra high heels and platforms and shuffled instead along the cat walk. Saved their dignity as well as producing a new visual spectacle. Last year some models took the bold step (sorry about that) and discarded their designer ankle breakers to walk barefoot in protest. However this seems to have cut no ice with most designers still determined to promote high and mightly shoes. Top shops are now including deportment classes for their exclusive customers and there is even videos for high heeled aerobics. High heels are here to stay me thinks with the latest craze for men of a certain age “pedal pumping” erotically filmed leggy lovies trying to control their fast motor cars weraring with high heeled shoes. Plenty hips and thighs and poor clutch control. Of course there were plenty heels on show at the recent Oscars but there was definitely a conscious effort but the fashionista not to appear over the top in this age of tighter budgets so across the board there was a down play of bling. Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum the ‘frugalista’ are buying their designers shoes from op shops and car boot sales. Indeed the interest to save money on quality second hand clothing has caused many charty organisations to worry that bargan hunters are preventing people genuinely in need from being able to get shoes to fit. The shoe is almost on the other foot in Scotland where it was recently reported a generous benefactor donated nine pairs of Jimmy Choo high heels to a local Op shop. The shoes were estimated to retail at $750 per pair but the size one-and-a-half black satin evening shoes have remained on the shelf. Apparently no one yet has the delicate feet to fit them. According to the Op shop manager bargains like this go in a matter of hours normally but so far Cinderella or her Prince Charming have been in the shop. However every cloud has a silver lining and according to reports, the shoe-repair industry, which has been shrinking for decades, has made an impressive comeback with people choosing to have their favourite shoes repaired rather then spend their money on new ones.
Most mass produced shoes cannot be have their soles replaced. This is because most mass produced shoes have upper and sole moulded. Better made shoes present less of a problem to the cobbler who can resole them for a fraction of the price of a new pair of shoes.