Did you know that there is a correlation between the heaviness of your heels and the economy? Yes, there is. Dainty heels are associated with wealth, while chunky/heavy heels are associated with the middle class and poor. This is why this trend took off with such force in the 1990s and the grunge movement. So, what does this have to do with the current state of the economy?
Well, the economy has been on a slow recovery and is still in a less than ideal place, and with such movements as Occupy Wall Street occurring, it has become a bad thing to be considered wealthy. It means you are out of touch with reality and do not care about the current state of the economy.
So, thus Fashion Week for Fall was covered in chunky shoes. From Prada to Alexander McQueen, the chunky shoe became the most enviable thing on the runways. I recently bought a pair of chunky heels from Mossimo and have been wearing them non-stop (even on a 300-some odd acre college campus).
I personally think that Jeffrey Campbell has the best style for this trend. He has been doing the chunky heel for years and has been selling his shoes at such stores as Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, two of my favorite stores. This style was popular amongst the “hipsters” for a while, and it has now been accepted by the mainstream consumer.
Chunky shoes go well with pretty much anything– it just depends on the specific style of the shoe and your style as well.
What do you think of this trend? Do you like it or hate it?