By  on April 7, 2008

These shoes weren’t made for walking—or so it seems. Bulky, buckled platform shoes from Gareth Pugh looked more like counterweights for a windy day, while Viktor & Rolf’s booties in thigh-high waxed vinyl contraptions resembled protective cricket pads. Balenciaga’s avant-garde lineup included latex-sheathed pointy boots, fitted with a wooden platform sole and an artsy heel in metal and sculpted Perspex. Louis Vuitton defied gravity altogether, unveiling a towering high heel–wedge hybrid, its block sole stopping just short of the toe to give a staggered, double-decker effect.

At Jil Sander in Milan, knee-high boots proved to be a challenge for a number of well-seasoned models. And at Pucci, Matthew Williamson broke into a quick jog to pick up a stray shoe from the runway and took his final bow still holding it by the heel. Ditto at Dsquared, where models were so unstable on their stiletto pumps that many in the audience wondered if it was a preplanned trick. Dsquared designers Dean and Dan Caten described the trend as the “clumsy epidemic.”

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