The Flat Is Up?-------
It’s been a good run. Chiropractors and podiatrists the world over have no doubt scooped up a fair number of second homes thanks to the craze for skyscraper platforms and wedges, but the glory days may be coming to an end. Flats have shown up on several runways this season, and in the front row, fashion-forward types have been trending toward easy-on-the-arches footwear such as desert boots and Dr. Martens. Now Robert Clergerie is giving the look his own spin: He’s tricked out desert, hiking, and combat boot styles with a clear lug sole for Fall ’10, revealing a metallic inner sole. That’s a neat little optical trick, but unrepentant heel-wearers can have fun with optics, too: Clergerie also embedded tiny mirrors in the backs of his heels.