RISE OF THE FLAT

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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.

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