Femininity with a cool edge
D’Orsay cut Ballerinas
If Füsun Lindner, alias Short Stories & Skirts, goes for flats instead of heels, you know there’s something extraordinary about them.
Now, it’s no secret that I’m not exactly a flat shoe fan. And I’ve very little experience when it comes to the horizontal heel, tending to almost exclusively favour heights of six inches or more.
But I often fall victim to that strange fashion phenomenon - you know the one - when you see a particular item on someone else, and instantly fall in love. Yet the moment you try that spe-cific piece out for yourself (be it clothing or an accessory), you take a step back, look in the mirror, and end up thinking: “Meh. So not me”. Well, this scenario is a common occurrence for me in the flat shoe stakes. It’s not that I hold a grudge against them, it’s more that they seem to hold a grudge against me!
As we all know, heels have far more cons than flats do, but us fashionistas don’t always choose the healthiest option, do we? Flats are comfortable, can be worn all day long and have a wonderful knack for dressing down outfits. So while heels elongate the leg and give a feminine posture, it’s probably about time I added a pair of trusty flats to my collection.
"Flats are comfortable, can be worn all day long and have a wonderful knack for dressing down outfits. (…) it’s probably about time I added a pair of trusty flats to my collection.”
So I did what any girl keen to avoid a fashion faux-pas would do, and turned to Google. I soon found an article describing how French girls have a specific formula for dealing with flats: if your legs are on show, rock a flat, and if wearing a midi or a maxi, go for a heel. I decided to put this to the test, but first of all I needed to find those all-important perfect flats!
Just as I was falling deeper and deeper into my flat shoe conundrum, as if by magic the new look book for the 2018 Autumn/Winter collection of one of my favourite shoe manufacturers, Högl, arrived on my digital door step. Of course, I almost immediately started flirting with all the fabulous Högl high heels. But after giving myself a little pep talk, I turned to the flats. One pair in particular caught my eye – there was something different about them.
Their d’Orsay cut revealed a little more skin, thus optically lengthening the leg. Furthermore, they came with a boyish charm that would complement my feminine looks with a cool edge. But most importantly, their pointed toe was sure to make feet look super slender.
So, I took the plunge and placed an order with Högl. And the moment they landed on my door mat, I decided to put the aforementioned French formula to the test! I teamed them with a pair of long tailored joggers and a kimono for an added Boho vibe.
The result, you may ask? Well, long story short, I can’t say I agree with the formula. It’s not about leg length, or whether you go midi or maxi, it’s actually all about the shoe itself! You see, the right flats will always flatter you, you just have to be prepared to search for the per-fect pair! Mine from Högl are so versatile, they easily match all the outfits I team them with.
So does this all mean I’m a convert and will only be donning flats from now on? Of course not! But I’m glad to finally have a pair I can regularly turn to in my collection! And more im-portantly, I finally solved the riddle: it’s not all about the height, it’s actually all about the style!
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