Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

I’m about to let you in on a high-heels style trend that may sur­prise and thrill women ev­ery­where (and men, be­cause #2019) – crazy tall high heels are out, and low, com­fort­able heels are in. You read cor­rectly: in shoe fash­ion, size does count, and de­sign­ers like them small. US shoe brand Steve Mad­den re­cently re­leased a col­lec­tion of small heel slip-on shoes called the Erin. Founder Steve Mad­den says he looked back in time to an iconic part of pop­u­lar cul­ture be­fore cre­at­ing the un­der­stated shoe style. “The Erin was in­spired by early 2000s Sex and the City, and style icon Carrie Brad­shaw,” Steve says. “(It’s) ef­fort­lessly chic, just like her. “She fea­tures clean lines and a sim­ple one-band style. In

up­scale ma­te­rial, the Erin is in­cred­i­bly easy to wear and to style.” The Erin is a low stiletto de­sign. How­ever, other styles can fea­ture a thick low heel or wedge with wide strap­ping. Steve says the rise in women opt­ing for prac­ti­cal­ity over ap­pear­ance is driv­ing the trend to­wards shorter slip­pers. “With the rise of ath­letic wear, women are now used to be­ing more com­fort­able while be­ing stylish,” he says. “It also makes life so much eas­ier, be­ing able to wear your heels all day long.” Thicker low-heel shoes look best with neu­tral or muted pri­mary colours, while thin­ner heels with slim-band shapes can be worn in all the colours of the rainbow, as the tones are bro­ken up by your skin. Per­spex or clear plas­tic band styles have also be­come a pop­u­lar choice for low-heel shoes, putting a mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist twist on the mod­est mule. Steve says short heels can be worn for ca­sual and for­mal oc­ca­sions. “A shorter heel can eas­ily be dressed up for a party with a mini or tai­lored pants and dressed down with denim and a white tee. Both looks are equally chic,” he says. Look 1: Steve Mad­den Erin white, $119.95 Look 2: Steve Mad­den Erin clear, $119.95 Look 3: Steve Mad­den Erin neon, $119.95 Look 4: Steve Mad­den Erin yel­low, $119.95 All avail­able at steve­mad­

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