Saturday, 15 August 2009

Trend Alert: Thick Rubber Soles

Top row to bottom row, from left to right: Jil Sander boots from My Theresa, Stella McCartney boots from Net-a-Porter, Prada Sport ankle boots from Saks; Marc by Marc Jacobs blue lace-ups from Luisa via Roma, Prada heels from Saks, and See by Chloé boots from Shopbop; Prada platform heels from Saks, Topshop buckle wedges, and Topshop lace-up wedges; Miu Miu boots from My Theresa, Acne trainers/sneakers, and Clarks ankle boots. Background image source here.

A mini trend we've noticed developing for fall/winter 2009 is thick rubber soles and heels on women's shoes. The style, which is like a high fashion take on the thick rubber soles often found on Clarks Originals shoes, was most prominently seen in the FW09 collections on the runway at Prada (below). Since it often seems to be the way in fashion that we all follow where Miuccia goes, other brands including Stella McCartney, Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloé have already got in on the action. Several designers also used a lace-up desert boot style with the rubber soles, further hinting at the Clarks connection.

We have a feeling this is a trend we'll be seeing more of as the season progresses.

Images from - click to see the entire Prada AW09 collection.


  1. I have to say this is not a trend I'm going to follow... Yuck! Thanks for the heads up though!

  2. I love all the Pradas - not so sure about some of the tall boots though.

  3. a great eye for killer heels. x

  4. I have to side with tiltumaria, I won't be wearing and kind of rubber heel but I can see it catching on, it is a pretty fresh idea for a pair heels.