It happened to the first model out the gate – and the last one out the door. And three more in between. It’s called “falling for fashion” and at the NY Fashion Week Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show models were taking tumbles down the runway left and right.
Most appeared to be turning their ankles – and one did so with such force she actually hit the floor, and took more than a few seconds to pull herself back up on her feet.
Although she did appear in the final runway walk, she was noticeably limping – and it was during this last stroll that several more models lost their footing as well.
The reason for all the falls: No doubt it had something to do with the hideous shoes these beautiful young women were asked to wear while strutting the runway. I mean really, whose brilliant idea was it anyway to pair three-inch platforms with five-inch skinny heels and put them on a somewhat slick runway floor?
Indeed, while the clothes in Christian’s line were literally to die for – I’m not sure the shoes were worth falling for.
And it’s not as if these were the only women to fall for fashion in this same way. Indeed, earlier this year Lady Gaga took a bad tumble while walking through an airport – also the result of extraordinarily high platform boots. And she took another fall during a concert for pretty much the same reason.
So did Miley Cyrus, Demi Lavato, Madonna, Brittany Spears and Shakira. And of course, who could forget the fall of the decade when beautiful, talented Beyonce took a tumble down a full flight of on-stage stairs, leaving concert goers gasping with fright.
The common denominator in all these fall: badly balanced platform shoes — which, while they may look stylish, are simply asking way too much of not just your feet, but your entire balance system! To help keep you from taking a similarly embarassing — if not dangerous — tumble off your platform shoes, here are a few tips that can help.
How not to fall in platform shoes
1. If the shoes are new, make sure to score the bottoms with a serrated knife before wearing them. Putting even a few scratches on the soles will help increase traction and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.
2. Lightly sand the bottom of the shoes using a #2 sandpaper — or if you don’t have that, an old-fashioned orange emery board works almost as well. This will also add traction and keep you from slip sliding away.
3. Make sure the shoe fits. If you can place two fingers between the back of your heel and the back of the shoe, it’s just too big – and that’s going to increase your fall rate. Similarly, if it’s a sandal or an open toe and your toes are hanging over the edge, you’re a heartbeat away from a fall.
4. Try an insole with a grip. If your shoe fits securely on the inside it’s less likely to slip and slide on the outside, even if you do hit a patch of rough pavement – or a slippery runway.
5. Make sure the shoe and the platform are properly balanced. If you feel like you’re walking on eggs, it’s because you probably are, in terms of a platform that is not properly balanced with the heel height or the pitch of the shoe. When you step down in the shoe, there should not be any space between the bottom of the toe box and the floor. If it’s not hitting flush to the ground, you’re an accident waiting to happen.
Colette Bouchez is the design director of fashion jewelry house CountryDutchess.com.