Heel-Less Shoes: A Brief History-------
Though she takes an occasional tumble, Lady Gaga loves difficult footwear, like the heel-less boots she’s been wearing frequently of late. She pulled them on again for the September issue of Vanity Fair, where Nick Knight snapped her leaping midair in a pair of heel-less platforms by the young Japanese designer Noritaka Tatehana. But the Lady is only the most recent fan of the gravity-defying style, and Tatehana only the latest to take up the heel-free challenge. Below, recent snapshots from the annals of heel-less cobblers—and their famous fans, too.
Marc Jacobs’ “backwards” heels, Spring 2008.
Victoria Beckham wears Antonio Berardi’s thigh-high PVC heel-less boots to the launch of her fragrance in NYC, September 2008; the boots hit the runway in Berardi’s Fall 2008 show.
Daphne Guinness wears Natacha Marro’s heel-less Mary Janes to the Dorchester Fashion Prize semi-finalists announcement in July; interested parties can purchase a glittering red version in ultra-limited edition at www.20ltd.com for about $758.
Recent offerings from Noritaka Tatehana, whose boots Lady Gaga wears in September’s Vanity Fair.