Calvin Klein’s Spring 2009 show at Fashion Week presented a chunky ’Block Heel’ style in the most literal sense possible. It is pleasing from some angles and visually jarring from others. This look is almost more successful as an artistic reference to the Cubist movement than as an actual functional wardrobe object.
These are slipper-like foot-cradles that are then placed, somewhat incongruously, atop very solid rectangular blocks. I am having real difficulty seeing these as a unified and harmonious whole. The transition from the more fluidly-shaped upper to the heel feels somewhat random in its placement; almost as if a child was playing with blocks to achieve this effect. I find the look to be bold and intriguing; yet, on the whole, slightly unbalanced in execution.
At the very least, this is a decidedly artistic endeavor deserving of our attention. I can certainly see women having a visceral love or hate reaction to this silhouette.
Would you wear them? Or perhaps smile at them on a museum display?
[Photos Courtesy of Elle.com]