By  on January 19, 2011

When Alber Elbaz famously delayed the start of his spring show for Lanvin so that models who struggled through the rehearsal could switch from dangerously high metal stilettos into flats, he elevated his already lofty pro-real-woman image to cult status. Toss off those heels, ladies! Be who you are! Be comfortable in your fashion skin — and in your shoes!

The critics, this one included, swooned; one absolutely buys into the conviction of Elbaz’s last-minute decision. That said, his dazzling flat sandals, shiny and bejeweled, were part of a major runway trend toward, dare we say it, sensible shoes. Yes sensible shoes, a phrase that has long sent shudders down the hyper-bony backs of fashion’s most outré consumers.

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