RISE OF THE FLAT
2007: Kate Moss sparks a craze for ballet shoes. Catwalks ignore the trend, but in 2008 Salvatore Ferragamo releases a version of its 1970s Vara ballet pumps.
2010: Phoebe Philo takes a bow at Céline’s spring/ summer 2011 show, starting a fetish for the sneaker. She later does the same with Nike Air Max and New Balance.
2011: Heels reach a new high with Christian Louboutin’s 6.5-inch stiletto – but the strain is too much for some. Kristin Stewart kicks off the backlash, swapping her Jimmy Choos for Nikes at a Twilight movie premiere.
2012: Loafers and pool sliders appear on catwalks. But the shoe of the year is the smoking slipper, with luxurious incarnations designed by Prada (velvet), Valentino (embellished) and Saint Laurent (leopard-print calf hair).
2013: Designers experiment with chunky “flatforms” (seen at Céline and Stella McCartney).
2014: The buzz around flats becomes a roar as Karl Lagerfeld creates couture trainers for Chanel, Saint Laurent launches new ballerina shoes with a dance video and Victoria Beckham includes flats in her first shoe line.
THE WORLD IS FLAT Flats now come in various forms, as evidenced by these brogues, ballet pumps and footbed sandals. Seen here from top centre, creations from McQ; Dolce & Gabbana; Manolo Blahnik; Marni; Dolce & Gabbana; and two from Sandro.