Trendwatch: Dump the heels and go back to flats like Victoria
Victoria sets the pace again as we follow in her footsteps, dump the heels and go...
She once famously claimed she "can't concentrate" in flat shoes, but now it seems Victoria Beckham is going to have to try at least.
After a defiant last stand in dominatrix-style Louboutins at the royal wedding earlier this year, the world's most famous heel-aholic has finally been forced back down to earth due to a slipped disc.
Last week, the impractically fashionable 37-year-old mum of four was snapped out in Hollywood for the first time since giving birth to daughter Harper Seven in July.
And while her perma-pout, oversized sunnies, slick dress sense and size-zero frame were all present and correct -- most notably, her signature skyscrapers were not.
In the past, queen WAG Victoria -- who's rarely photographed in footwear less than six inches -- claimed she didn't even own a pair of flats because they made her scrawny legs look like golf clubs.
"I beyond hate ballerina flats," she revealed.
"I can't even walk in them. Unless they're on a ballet dancer, I just don't get it."
After more than two decades in heels, however, the painful lower back injury she's believed to have suffered while pregnant -- as well as the bunions that have plagued her since the Spice Girls -- appears to have prompted a change of heart.
But just as Mrs Beckham has been both credited and criticised over the rise of lethal 'stripper heels', now the style icon could do with one simple snap what chiropractors have been trying to do for years.
With boyish brogues, ballet pumps and flat boots all big this autumn, already girls here are hot on her heels -- hanging up theirs in favour of flats.
Meanwhile, flat-footed celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Jessica Alba and Kate Moss have also been working the 'granny chic' look in sensible shoes.
"Victoria Beckham has been the single greatest driving force behind the trend for sky-high heels in recent years," says Emma Cunningham of Debenhams.
"But now that she's come back down to level ground in flats, we expect thousands of Irish girls to follow suit.
"Already this week, we've seen an increase in flat styles such as brogues and pumps by brands like H! by Henry Holland and Red Herring -- so the reverse 'Posh effect' is definitely taking hold."