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Posted on June 9, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

As a woman, I must admit I don’t understand most of women’s obsessions – the desire to stay young and thin possibly forever, for example, or the habit of wearing high heels all the time. I own some high-heeled shoes, of course, but I wear them rarely and, most of all, I don’t pretend they’re comfortable. That’s the worst part: some women look surprised when they see you wear flats and trainers, and even dare to tell you high heels are comfortable. No, they are not, and those who tell you so are liars, just convincing themselves their foot pain is not that bad, after all.

Someone in the designer heaven must have listened to the prayers of flat wearers and realized there’s something else beyond the valley of the high-heel vixens. Among these, Azzedine Alaïa, who has always celebrated the feminine body in all its glory, without punishing it with severe lines, nor showing it off with skimpy dresses.

Alaïa has often designed flat shoes – just think of his iconic gladiator sandals: his imagination has no boundaries, so the result is always far from being boring. Take these suede sandals, for example: they are embellished with gold hardware and combine two popular trends – strappy meets cut-out. The thin crossing straps are accented by a buckle and so are the detachable ankle straps.; the beautiful floral cut-outs on the back leave heels naked. Aren’t they a perfect compromise of style and comfort? Women will keep on wearing their trusted high heels, but have no idea what they’re leaving behind, these Alaïa beauties included.