It’s Official – I’m A Trendsetter…

It's fashion, darlingYes, that’s right, the fashion world has finally listened to me – flat shoes are bang on trend for 2013.  Totes amazeballs or what? Crack open the Bolly, dahlings! According to Roberto Cavalli, speaking from his Milan fashion show, flat shoes are ‘cool and it’s all coming from London.’

Well, ok, I may be 150 miles from London but obviously the fashionistas have heard my anguished pleas and are taking up my cause in droves. I was far too busy to be interviewed exclusively for Vogue, but luckily, the footwear buying manager for Selfridges was quoted as saying, ‘It’s a revolution…flats are selling out across every price point.’

After MS cruelly robbed me of my high heels and sashaying walk, I have been resigned to stumbling around in flats, head no longer held high. No one was happier than me when ballet flats briefly flooded the high street, but they’re not exactly statement shoes, are they?

Over the last couple of years though, I have slowly built up a nice little collection of smart flats and casual flats, with a pair of Converse thrown in for when I want to ‘hang’ with The Teenager. He may not let me borrow his SuperDry hoodie ( trying too hard to be cool), but he’s ok with the blue Converse.

Flats to one side, what other heel-less shoes are cool? Sandals, I don’t think so. Flip-flops – have you seen someone with MS trying to walk in flip-flops? Wellies? Er, no. A fellow Tweeter suggested Doc Martin boots and I did try, but they bring back far too many tragic memories of stomping round various teenage haunts, drinking cider and black (do NOT tell The Teenager) and wearing long skirts with mirrors sewn along the hem. The stripy tights I wore with them still haunt me.

This exciting news has therefore reconfirmed our true status – where us MS’ers lead, the fash-pack follows. Of course, they are down-playing my role in this and are suggesting it’s all thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge influencing the new fashion trend, but I reckon Kate’s read my blog and has kindly championed me, bless her.

So, I am off to put together some stylish outfits, accessorised with an array of dazzling flats. I may even do that fashion-y thing of putting them in boxes and sticking Polaroids of them on the front – how divine!

Watch out world, I’ve got my sassy flats on…

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10 thoughts on “It’s Official – I’m A Trendsetter…

  1. Samantha Thompson says:

    I may just be in with a chance of being a fab, on trend 40 year old!!
    Your post had me rolling around laughing, thank you 🙂
    I look at most shoes these days and think, oh yes, that wouldn’t end well. Gorgeous but an accident waiting to happen, te he.
    Sam xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Sam!
      It’s good to know we’re pioneering trend setters, eh??
      i was in town earlier and looked longingly at some gorgeous heels, but then reminded myself how bang on trend I am in my flats, lol.

  2. Sadly, I have parted with all of my shoes with heels (except for one pair of ridiculous zip-up black boots that were the only boots I had EVER found that didn’t flap like bells around my much-too-skinny calves). I wore them only a few times before being diagnosed. If only I’d known…

    So, SO glad you’ve (and Kate) set the fashion world straight! You are right about wearing flip flops — I spend half my time chasing the one that sailed off my right foot!

    Thanks for the laugh this morning!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hey Cranky!
      Last time I wore flip flops, they flip-flopped right off my feet and I ended up hitting a small child. Meh. Never again.
      I gave the last of my heels away a couple of months ago and I still have wistful moments looking through catalogues or online. Not the same, but we just have to persevere!

  3. tony cardis says:

    Its o.k for you ladies to be trendsetters, but what about us boys.
    Anything with a tread on can get me doing some of the best moves from Saturday night fever.
    Whilst a smooth sole has me perfoming Bolero by Torville and Dean
    Having to pick shoes on a most unlikely to trip me up basis doesn’t leave much edge for style 🙂

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hiya Tony!
      Non-trippy up shoes are a minefield. Also same problem with slippers. Have been known to skate down the stairs in mine…

  4. Patrick says:

    I’m a male 58 year old SPMSer who has left the fashion world agog at how anyone can be so untrendy BUT I do think your articles are a refreshing breath of fresh air.
    Keep em going.


    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Patrick,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!
      Flats are now off, comfy Ugg-type slippers on, so not so trendy this evening, lol.

  5. Sally says:

    I was smiling wistfully at your flat shoes comments. I still have all my beautiful heels lined up under the bed and cannot find it inme to get rid. My 13 year old daughter is now eyeing them up excitedly. The idea that she finds them as beautiful as I do ( and the fact that her mum had a cool taste in shoes) helps a bit. Otherwise I find shoe shopping so dull now. I need shoes that are super light ( preferably with toe protectors – all the tripping I do means My shoes are wrecked within a few months). On the bright side I can just about manage short distances in heels for a night out (flats in bag for changing) as long as my bling Switchstick is in one hand and I cling onto hubbies arm with the other. Haven’t totally given up yet! 🙂

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Sally,
      Thank you for your comment – I know exactly what you mean about the toes getting all scuffed. I look even grungier than usual right now, lol. I am very envious of your ability to wear heels for short distances! Mind you, never thought about still doing that and having a walking stick to hand. Opened up some kitten-heel possibilities??

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