Victoria Beckham has given up heels.
This is a woman who was once so devoted to her sky-high stilettos that she wore them trotting through airports and at school pick-up and on kids’-sports field sidelines, doubtless leaving teeny-tiny divots wherever she stepped.
In 2008, Beckham famously told a breakfast TV interviewer, “I just can’t concentrate in flats.”
Times have changed. Now, she wears only crisp white adidas Stan Smith trainers. And she looks amazing – so fresh, so relaxed, so sharp.
“I just can’t do heels any more. At least not when I’m working,” she said this week, echoing what every busy woman has known for ever – heels are stupid, heels are impractical, heels hurt.
I want to give up heels, too. But I can’t.
Because I have little stumpy legs.
I know this, because over the years, working in close proximity to fashion types while never managing to be one, I have been told a hundred times how to “dress for my shape” – or rather, how not to dress for my shape. And your shape does not change with the trends.
“Short legs only look good in flats if the ankles are really, really slim,” a sharp (male) fashion editor once told me, when we were sitting together at a friend’s (that’s a way-more-fabulous than me friend) dinner.
We were talking about how much I loved that Katherine Hepburn look – you know, wide legged trousers, flat boat shoes, striped French tee.
He looked me up and down. It didn’t take him long. And said two words: “Too short,” before looking back to his sashimi.