Actor Christa B. Allen is right on trend with her pink pointy-toe pumps. Photo: Getty Images
Let's commend a step in the right direction by a starlet who really gets the point of fabulous footwear.
My friend Liz has got these shoes. Or at least a version of them. She was wearing them last night when we were at a big glamorous event together and she looked totes amaze.
The rest of her outfit was very simple - a black pencil skirt and a round-neck, three-quarter-sleeve black lace top - but then, pop! The shoes made it.
I had really fierce pointy shoes on too, but when I saw Liz's shoes, I felt sad about mine.
It was like when you're at a restaurant and you order the fish because it's such a stinky faff to cook fish at home and you know you should eat more of it. Then your friend's burger comes and you feel so sad about your fish. My shoes were fish. Liz's shoes were utterly burgers. So my advice? Order the burger and buy these shoes.
Apart from pointy being the fresh new/old shape for shoes after all these years of great kaklumpen-blumpen platforms, there is another reason to embrace (or, in my case, re-embrace) the style. They are actually much more comfortable and easy to wear.
When platforms first came back this time, I was thrilled, remembering the joy of all that extra height on the ball of the foot, which also carved a few sneaky degrees off the heel-toe angle, which is what puts the hell into heels.
But while they may be more comfortable to stand stock still in, kaflumpen are deadly to walk in. You are, for all intents and purposes, a circus act. A stilt walker. Combine that with a polished floor and you're starring in your own slapstick comedy. With hilarious results (not).
And even if you can remain upright you walk very tentatively, knowing that with one wrong move you could tear all the tendons in your ankle. I don't think worrying about all that with every step adds up to elegance and grace. I've seen rooms full of women walking like robots in their strapped-on-brick designer shoes. Shall we dance? Oops, better not.
Wearing a pair of pointy stilettos like Christa B. Allen here, even if the heels are pretty high - the ones I had on last night were nine centimetres - the balls of your feet are still making contact with the ground. You are, literally, grounded in them.
I can stride out in my pointy stilettos and I can definitely dance in them. And while they don't give you the long leg illusion of the klompitter, the bad-girl feeling more than makes up for it. I feel like a vixen in my winklepickers. And it's got to be better to feel more like a vixen than a robot.
So, that's the shoes. Is there anything else to glean from Christa's look? (She's an American actor, by the way. A Scorpio.) Well, if I were her age - 21 - I would so, so be wearing leather shorts like this right now. It's hard to tell from the way she's standing in this shot, but the key thing about the current leather-shorts trend is that they're not leather hot pants. They are short, but the legs flare out slightly, so they don't cling to the buttocks, but frame the thigh in a flattering - and less trashy - way. I think they're adorable.
I also love her top and her handbag - and the way her lipstick picks up on the pink in the sequinned flower print.
But most of all, of course, it's like the seminal 1991 commercial Spike Lee did with Michael Jordan. ''Is it the shoes?'' he asks the basketball legend over and over again. ''No, Mars,'' Jordan replied patiently, over and over again.
Except in this case - it is the shoes.
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