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Why statement heels are here to stay, according to our expert

By Sandra Hagelstam

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

The future of high heels? Vogue Scandinavia's shoe and handbag expert Sandra Hagelstam explains why gallery-worthy novelty heels are here to stay

Heels are spectacularly reimagined every season. From skinny stilettos to chunky wedges, the tension is building between comfort versus fantasy for any shoe-lover. Interestingly, novelty statement heels are not just reserved for couture collections or artful collaborations. Slowly but surely, they are making their way into ready-to-wear collections, embraced by designers who are hungry to showcase originality.

Celebrating the post-pandemic return of the heel has only fuelled interest and opened up a whole new category which is on the rise. Cue statement stilettos, each more surreal than the last.

In this cultural moment in time, along with our craving for lavish dressing, comes a certain need for humour and creativity that feels almost ironic or anti-fashion. Let Loewe's Creative Director Jonathan Anderson lead the way, with his kitsch designs for Loewe's spring / summer 2022 collection which has influenced shoe trends globally and inspired our accessory shoot for the May/June issue of Vogue Scandinavia.

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