Faux Pas: Trends That Make You Go, "Huh?"
Aug 24, 2011
During their Fall fashion discussions, a lot of style blogs in my orbit are singing the praises of the high-heeled loafer. And every time that I read one of these posts, I ask myself, “Why?”
They’re clunky. They’re dated. They’re unflattering on the foot. And most of all, they’re a one hit wonder that you’ll spend $200 on today and shove in a Goodwill donation bag tomorrow.
As a student of history, I can tell you that those of us who do not learn from our mistakes are doomed to repeat them. High-heeled loafers were very big in the 1970s, and they had a brief moment in the mid-1990s. But, apparently, the memory of that hideousness was not enough to keep them from rising from the ashes for round three.
(For those of you who are too young to remember this trend, it was during the post-Nirvana, pre-N’Sync years when we were all wearing extreme flare leg jeans and ruffled, Georgette blouses. For those of you who just said, “Who?,” Google it and then go listen to your Justin Bieber station on Pandora. The grown ups are talking.)
We must protect future generations from the scourge of the loafer pump. I’m counting on you to leave this ugliness on the store shelves this season, in the vain hope that in twenty years, designers will think twice before including this nonsense in their Fall ranges. Remember, only you can prevent fashion faux pas.