Women's Negative Heel Shoes - Clash of the textures01. 09. 2020
Women's Negative Heel Shoes - Clash of the textures
Guest post by Hannah Rochell of En Brogue
While some people use September to mourn the end of the summer, I always get really excited - it means I can reintroduce myself to my autumn wardrobe. Autumn is my favourite season, sartorially speaking, because while it’s still warm enough for bare ankles and lightweight jackets, at the same time I can start embracing heavier fabrics like wool, chunky corduroy, leather and suede without overheating. All those touchy-feely fibres are just so much more exciting than the shorts and T-shirts I’ve lived in for the past few months! And they are also perfect for a socially distanced glass of wine or a pint in a pub garden now the mercury has started to drop but the sun’s still out.
Even if, like me, you’re not into clashing colours and prints (see photographic evidence for details), texture clashing is a great way of adding a bit more interest to any outfit. Introducing a variety of textures gives everything a touch more depth and interest; it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing top-to-toe tan if you can switch it up a bit with some rough and smooth, or shiny and matt… or both. Take these Yogi Willard Negative Heel shoes for example, with a matt gum sole, sleek leather upper and tactile suede vamp - which is simply the leather the other way up - they make a much bigger statement than an all-leather loafer would. I’ve teamed them with my favourite cord dungarees, a vintage wool checked dress, worn as a jacket, that I picked up at my local thrift store (a great place, incidentally, for second-hand textures) and finally, weaved in some extra chunk with a straw bag as a finishing touch.
But back to that Negative Heel thing, because what’s that all about? This is Yogi’s signature heel design, and it was originally created to help improve posture and comfort. And I can confirm, they are really, REALLY comfortable! First launched in the 1970s by Earth Shoes, Yogi adopted the style back in the 1990s. They have a thinner sole on the heel than on the toe, which enables a better “heel first” action when you walk, a little like walking on sand. This in turn promotes good posture, relieves pressure on your back and even gives your calf muscles a little stretch while you’re walking (I’m a big fan of multi-tasking!). Being invented in the ‘70s also means these shoes have a lovely retro vibe to them, making them the ideal pairing for my 1960s plaid frock, especially in this tasty shade of apricot.
So if you’re looking for a way to refresh your look this autumn, try a little texture clash. Whether it’s lace and leather, cashmere and corduroy, or tartan and tweed, your wardrobe will thank you for it, even if the only place you manage it is on your feet.