As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, I am not a girl who is afraid of heights when it comes to shoes. The higher the heel, the better I feel. Even though I’m tall (5′ 8″), I’d like to be taller. A four inch heel makes me six feet tall (read: invincible badass). Back in my investment banking days, I loved walking into a meeting with a four or five inch heel on; a woman with kick-ass shoes is not to be trifled with. Now that I have gone from investment banking to being a PA for a toddler, powerful shoes are somewhat lost on my current audience. I find myself needing more flats (even the word depresses me, ‘flat’… as in, no fizz). Sneakers now have their place in my wardrobe, but I still need shoes with an edge. I am not a woman who can wear sneakers every day. I bought these on sale, and they’ve been game-changers.
They’re black, so they go with nearly everything. The zippers are a nice touch, but the chains on the back are what sold me. They jingle just a little bit when I walk, like spurs, and everyone knows that spurs are badass. As I’ve worn them more, I’ve come to appreciate the pointy toes. I’ve had ballerina flats over the years, and the sweet, girly, round toes (like baby shoes) just never clicked with me. I am not a girl. I need points. Nice lady-like points. And apparently spurs. Off I went in search of more pointed toed flats, which landed me here.
Now that I have a whopping two pairs of pointed toe flats, what I’m loving about them is that from the front, they have the elegant look of a shoe with a heel. I call them “Reverse Mullets” because they are all party at the front and business at the back! Case in point (ha ha) are these silver beauties from J Crew:
Business in the back
I’m focusing on Reverse Mullets that REALLY bring the party to your feet, like some of these:
Valentino Rockstud flats, photo: pursuitofshoes.com
OK, even I think the Jimmy Choo ones are a bit OTT, but for a flat shoe, they sure bring some drama. I’d love to wear them casually with boyfriend jeans and a tank top in the summer; they’re far too Zsa Zsa Gabor to wear for evening. Much easier to style, and super popular since their launch, are the Nikolas Kirkwood Bottalato pointed toe loafers. They come in every colour of the rainbow (more than shown below, and some prints as well). These are a big comfortable favourite of the fashion set.
Nikolas Kirkwood set out to create a flat that appeared to lengthen the leg. Since I don’t own a pair yet, I cannot vouch for how effectively they do this, but I found this photo online (not that a model needs much help in this department). I can see how the pointed toe and long loafer shape on top would add length, but it may just make me look like I’m wearing canoes on my feet. I’ll definitely have to try these and report back.
So, I find myself, an ever-since-I-can-remember high-heel-junkie who practically needs a 12 step program, blogging about why pointed toe flats are not only a 2015 fashion thing, but also a workable style that can be flattering and comfortable for women of a certain age. Different phases of life call for different shoes, and I’m facing the fact that jewel-encrusted heels and a toddler are not often compatible. I have a few friends who refuse to even think about wearing heels, so I’m going to see if a Reverse Mullet could inspire them to leave their ballerina flat or traditional suede loafer rut.
What do you think about pointed toe flats? Do you wear Reverse Mullets?