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This article was in USAToday. I am interested to hear other people's opinions.

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'Chunky' heels spike the stiletto
By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY
The stiletto's supremacy is looking wobbly.


The ice-pick-thick heel, which for nearly a decade has been the ultimate weapon in a woman's shoe wardrobe, made wearers plunge through subway grates, sink into lawns and negotiate cobblestones with all the elegance of a toddler. Now, it's showing signs of bluntness.

Retailers and designers are trotting out thicker, chunkier (though still high) heels — to the relief of many women. Sturdier styles have been showcased in glossy magazines for a few months: February's Vogue declares the "woman of fashion" recognizable by the "reverberating thud" of her "heavy 2006 heel."

But the thud landed especially loudly last week on the runways of New York's Fashion Week. At Tuleh, the peep-toed slingbacks were anchored atop stacked towers. At Marc Jacobs, the heels were cartoonishly wide cones, some of them perched on toe-to-heel planks to create a kind of open-air wedge. And at Michael Kors, the Great Gatsby-meets-Love Story aesthetic played out in sandals, boots and T-strap pumps with rolling-pin heels.

"It's safe to say that the stiletto for now is behind us," says Michelle Baran, who covers the women's market for Footwear News. The Sex and the City staple "looks dated" — silly instead of sharp. The chunky heel, on the other hand, looks "simple, chic ... more sophisticated."

Part of the shift has to do with creating footwear that complements today's vintage-inspired clothes. But the trend toward stability also is about finding the nexus between fashion and function.

In a survey in November by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 35% of women said comfort trumps style when choosing shoes; previously, 18% of women said so. Women are "unhappy," says APMA president Harold Glickman, weary of stiletto-induced sprains and "the dreaded plantar fasciitis," or heel pain.

Department store sales of stilettos have stumbled; they were up only 15.8% in 2005 vs. 206.8% in 2004, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm. Meanwhile, sales of thick-heeled shoes rose 24.9% last year.

Chunkier heels are "one of the bigger pushes for the season" at Aldo, says marketing manager Lori Sternthal. At Farylrobin, they're 35% of the collection.

"Women have evolved," says founder Faryl Robin Morse. "It's not practical to ask a mother to walk in high heels while pushing a stroller. And it's not necessary for a woman to go to work in a pair of sneakers and change into heels.

"That's gone. And it's about time."

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I think they're being a bit overzealous by claiming stilettos are out.
And just because a heel is bigger (but just as high) doesn't mean they're THAT much more comfortable.



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I think they're being a bit overzealous by claiming stilettos are out.

ITA. And I have both chunky *and* stiletto heels, and will continue to wear both. Though I'll probably wear more of my stiletto heels now, because I don't like to wear the same thing that everyone else is wearing. I'm anti-trend.

I love this entire paragraph:

The ice-pick-thick heel, which for nearly a decade has been the ultimate weapon in a woman's shoe wardrobe, made wearers plunge through subway grates, sink into lawns and negotiate cobblestones with all the elegance of a toddler. Now, it's showing signs of bluntness.

Such snappy writing !

Thanks for sharing that.

-- Edited by atlgirl at 18:20, 2006-02-13

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atlgirl wrote:


I think they're being a bit overzealous by claiming stilettos are out


Me three!  I think some outfits require a chunkier heel, but nothing beats a shoe like this:


X3593 Patent Leather Mary Jane, Black 515.00


when you want to look sleek, elegant and sexy.  They may go out of favor for a while, but I think they will never go out of style.



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Dated??  That's BS.  I hate it how when one thing starts to be more of a trend, all other look become "dated".  Whatever.

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theotherjess wrote:


Dated??  That's BS.  I hate it how when one thing starts to be more of a trend, all other look become "dated".  Whatever.

agreed. stilettos will never look dated. And as cute as chuny heels are, they look downright silly with certain things.  Like pencil skirts. Or evening gowns.

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There is no way that the stiletto looks 'dated.' I have both chunky and stiletto (and wedge, and not-quite-stiletto-but-not-quite-chunky, for that matter) and I will wear them all with pride.  Some things just look better with a chunky heel and vice versa. Dated, shmated.  Bah!

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I wear chunky, wedge, kitten, stilletos and flats and I will continue to wear what I like and what looks great with an outfit.


It's like the whole controversy 2 years ago over round toe vs. pointy toe, and we still wear both.



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I am skeptical of articles that claim things are out anyway, it's like the whole market economy conspiracy theory of planned obsolescence. 


That said, I only think exagerrated versions of any heel ever go "out" of style, like those squared off chunky heels from the mid-nineties, but I have to agree that stilettos are more uncomfortable than chunky heels, and that all high heels vary in degree of uncomfortable anyway!  I like the return of the flats trend, this is one I hope doesn't go "out" anytime soon.


And I like that the article mentioned stilettos sinking into grass, that is so annoying.



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Personally I am a ice-pick heel girl, well not 5 inches. But chunky heels remind me of when I was in 8th grade and wore Mia shoes. Actually most of the shoes that are out right now remind me of that. Practical to me are a lower heel or flats. When I am chasing after kids I will have cute running shoes or loafers. Just my

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The only chunky shoes I hate are the 90s version, a la old Steve Madden. Every time the fashion writers declare that something is absolutely "out" I feel like they're just trying to get us to buy more. A well-rounded shoe closet should include all kinds of shoes for all sorts of outfits, from stilletto to flats to nicely heavier heels.

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Ally S wrote:


It's like the whole controversy 2 years ago over round toe vs. pointy toe, and we still wear both.


my thoughts exactly!



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The only chunky shoes I hate are the 90s version, a la old Steve Madden. Every time the fashion writers declare that something is absolutely "out" I feel like they're just trying to get us to buy more. A well-rounded shoe closet should include all kinds of shoes for all sorts of outfits, from stilletto to flats to nicely heavier heels.


 


I totally agree with you Scarlett! 


I think style is cyclical. 


There are so many times when I look at a picture and still wish I would have never gotten rid of a certain sweater or shirt. 


Things may become more popular, but classical stylings such as the stilletto heel or even a thicker heel will never be "out"



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I agree with you girls.  I think the sleeker, stilletto heel will always be stylish.  It may not be trendy, but that's fine.  And chunkier style heels are fine too, as long as they're more like this:


Seychelles ´Memory Lane´ Pump instead of this: 


They are definitely a bit more wearable and walkable than stillettos, but I also think they tend to look a bit more casual, which obviously isn't the look you want sometimes.



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chunky is definitely more hott this season than ever, but it's those classic stelletos that will stay our investment's werth... but as of now, CHUNKY

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Personally, I tend to prefer stiletto over chunky. 


IMHO, anything as sexy and flattering as a beautiful stiletto can never be out.



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