Fendi Unleashes Wooden Platform High Heels

A model shows a creation part of the Fendi Spring-Summer 2011 fashion collection, during the fashion week in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A model shows a creation part of the Fendi Spring-Summer 2011 fashion collection, during the fashion week in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

We were warned about this. The sight that you see before you is not some sort of glossy flashback, nor is it intended in jest. No, those triple soled wooden platform shoes are from designer Fendi, and they're on the catwalk this season. Really.

Given it another couple of weeks to months and these will be absolutely everywhere, delighting some followers of fashion and making others wonder where we went wrong. The eighties was a rough time sure, but the nineties were better fashion wise, was it really necessary to go hurtling back to the 60's and 70's for style inspiration? I have a theory on why fashion has done this, if you're interested, you can visit my pondering The Reason For Retro, or you can simply continue on with this article and start planning what wooden high heel shoes will best go with your high waisted pleated pants. Oh yes.

To give Fendi and their designer ilk their due, these new wooden platform high heels are something of a twist on the old theme. For instance, in these platform heels, there are two gaps in the sole, and the shoe has been designed so that the center part of the platform appears to be strapped on to the back of the wearer's ankle. How delightfully whimsical.

There are also some innovative splashes of color on hand, a red and green so delicately aged that they could have come right out from your mother's wardrobe. You think you're escaping the time warp, but then those colors just suck you right back in again, kicking and screaming and begging not to be made to iron your hair.

It's probably best that we all hold on tight and make a few signature purchases this season. (In case you weren't aware, it's also all about signatures at the moment, signature hats, signature necklaces, or in this case, signature shoes.) By purchasing signature pieces, you can appear to be at one with the fashion trends of the present moment, and reap all the social glory that goes with such appearances, yet still be prepared to quickly move onto the next trend without having to overhaul your wardrobe in any significant fashion. It's a rather crafty approach to fashion, and if you're not entirely down with the 60's / 70's trends that are going around at the moment, its one I highly reccomend.

Now who's up for some fondue?

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