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These boots weren't made for walking

They're the bold black Alexander McQueen boots setting the fashion world on fire and Dublin is no exception.

But you'll need to be a serious pro on stilts to avoid a becoming a fashion victim with these platforms of epic proportions -- as the late designer's muse Daphne Guinness demonstrated this week.

The style icon took a bit of a tumble as she bravely attempted to navigate the cobble stones leading up to St Paul's Cathedral in London to attend McQueen's memorial service.

Known for his outrageous creations, other designers have rushed to create replica heels which are ready to stomp their way into fashionistas' hearts.

Test

With the McQueen design not available here yet, the Herald put a pair of €700 Alexander Wang lookalikes to the test.

Boasting a chunky six-inch heel on an inch platform, the on-trend velvet and leather 'Hannah' loafer boots certainly take guts to strut.

But you'll need a very special shoehorn or a least a bit of extra time to get these super-cool shoes on. After five minutes in them I was completely besotted; feeling edgier by the second.

But 15 minutes later my only mission was not to fall on my face. And after 25 minutes the pain had become constant -- but I only discovered real torture when I took them off.

One of Ireland's top stylists has branded the high fashion shoes a seriously stylish purchase.

"As a fashion statement, anything goes," said Celia Holman Lee. "Heels are getting higher and the hunger is always there for something different."

But she admitted the style is a challenge.

"I love high heels but they are demented. If you want to take your life in your hands then that's fine. You might manage it in a hotel but as soon as you step out on a driveway they are going to be dangerous."

Experts in Foot Solutions on George's Street agreed.

"We'd be against shoes like these," a member of staff said. "They are bad for feet, plain and simple."

But that hasn't put the fashion pack off as the rush is on to copy the trend.

There are already similar sky high styles available in Topshop and Miss Selfridge.

aanderson@hnews.ie


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