by Sophia Marcel
If you’ve browsed a shoe department lately, you may have noticed that high heels are growing—and not just in popularity.
Towering platforms, extreme wedges, and treacherous stilettos have flooded the marketplace in recent months, and most every designer and celebrity seems to be doing their part to participate in the trend. Runways, red carpets, and glossy magazine spreads have all been inundated with the look.
Ever the style catalyst, Lady Gaga donned Alexander McQueen’s 12-inch heels in her “Bad Romance” music video after three professional runway models refused to wear them on the runway last fall. Tina Fey, the queen of nerd chic, strutted out in five-inch pumps to perform her opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live.” Clearly, we have a fashion craze on our hands, or, um, feet.
So what’s behind our latest obsession? According to a recent survey, women say luxe brand like Christian Louboutin (known for red soled, sky-high stilettos) are about status, but they also make you feel better about yourself. I’m 5’2” and I want to be tall and there’s only one way that is going to happen.
Some women find high heels empowering, while others feel they’re virtually crippling. Luckily, for perhaps the first time in fashion history, both flats and heels of all heights are in style so no matter when her stand, you’ve got great options.