A few months ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a panel of shoe experts to discuss the relationship between women, and comfort shoes, with a writer from HarpersBazaar.com. This is a topic I’m very familiar with, because I’ve worked with comfort shoe brands, and/or ocean lifestyle brands that cater to women who are looking for comfort and fashion.
Women, ideally, would like to find a shoe that is comfortable and fashionable. She would like to feel confident in a shoe that is good looking, and gives her the ease of running around in her busy life. It doesn’t mean she won’t buy that uncomfortable heel. She will, because she needs it or wants it. Unfortunately, not very many comfort brands are offering the fashion shoe she is looking for. And if they do, I’ve found it to be slightly off. Whether its the last, materials, heel shape, and/or the lack of trend. It’s rare to find that perfect blend.
I believe comfort hasn’t worked because the word comfort has a stigma that a modern woman may not want to be associated with. Comfort, in the past, has implied old, frumpy, and not fashionable. Today’s woman is savvy and is looking for function, fashion, technology, and positive social causes in her purchases It’s time for a brand to develop their own version of comfort, and perhaps not even call it comfort, and focus on how to make products that provide easy living for the modern woman with busy lifestyles.
My blurb in the article is small compared to what we discussed, but take a look at a new brand launching with many comfort elements. You can read the full article here.
I’m thrilled to see the block heel trend evolving. Pointy heels have been the “go to” work shoe for many decades. It has also been a stigma that in order to look feminine and sexy, you wear heels. As a working woman myself, comfort, and style are my two favorite words together. The block heel has brought a whole new element to fashion, and women. Brands, are now creating shoe designs with block heels than can be worn for a night out on the town, or a special event. Comfort is now spreading to everyday life, not just 9 to 5.
So far my favorite has been Miu Miu with their feminine block heel shapes, and various heights. As a brand they have always had the block heel shape in their collection. This isn’t anything new for them. Miu Miu offers an array of stylish, feminine patterns with lots of creative details.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh carries beautiful, simple block heel sandals, pumps, and even loafers that have a classic, vintage feel. I really love the Roberta’s as you see in my drawing above. They are also sold out almost everywhere.
Obsessed with this super block heel and pointed toe shape by Acne Studios. The high throat is also a nice touch. Charlotte Olympia also has a nice pointed toe block heel pump. I really love the mix of a heavy block heel with a feminine toe shape.
Can’t stop thinking about these Chloe’s. Love the heel shape.
And, who said you can’t wear a block heel to a holiday party? These Delpozo are serious show stoppers!
Then there are the architectural block heels. One of my Spring 16 favorites are by Gucci. The scalloped heel is lovely!
Are you a fan of the evolving block heel trend? Do you still prefer this as a comfort or everyday type shoe, or do you like that its venturing into evening, and more fashion?
Shoes and architecture are an obsession of mine. The lines and shapes of shoes and buildings have a strong correlation, and I enjoy exploring, and marrying them.
Recently, I came across Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and instantly became enamored with his abstract shapes and curves. He is known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil’s capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Niemeyer’s Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. Inspired by the buildings shapes, I started to draw some shoes, and well, thought I would share my exploration here.
All sketches by me in Fashionary sketchbook.