By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

 High heels empower women in a way? Well, this quote used to be true before, when this accessory was essential in women's closet and made them feel more elegant, powerful and seductive for hundreds of years, however the person who said this was not thinking about the women of 2017; Elegant in their attitude, powerful by choice and seductive by nature.

The rules imposed on women have been thrown in the trash, because now they have changed the heels for flats. These garment, besides from being a very versatile and useful garment for every activity, is also a garment that allows mobility and day-to-day comfort, maybe women have changed to this garment for all the possibilities that gives them to live their new busy lifestyle.

It is not a secret that heels, although mostly beautiful, are not the most comfortable garment in the market. Many doctors and specialists have spoken about the problems that cause the excessive use of these shoes, so changing to flats, more than a luxury is a necessity that many women have been asking for a long time. Women needed a garment as dynamic as the life they have now, a garment that would be their partner in their quest for identity and independence.

Now women are looking for clothes that allows them to be active and in action all the time, and that sentence that once defined the style of many women: "one must suffer to look beautiful", has been forgotten, now what’s really “in” is comfort. Style icons like Olivia Palermo, Victoria Beckam and celebrities like Emily Blunt, Karlie Kloss and Gigi have proven that flats can be worn for a perfect street style or for a very stylish look in red carpets, it simply depends on the attitude of the person.

Every time more designers join the trend of wanting to see women comfortable, more and more designers included flats as their main garment in their collections last season. We saw it in the collections of Rebecca Minkoff, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler and more, where comfortable and stylish shoes along with beautiful gowns caught the attention of the public.

Red carpets are also seeing this change of mind, and in events like Cannes, where women are banned from wearing flats, many of the celebrities who walk the red carpet have decided to be against the rules and this year we saw it with Julia Roberts. When she had a problem with her stilettos, she decided to wear... nothing, that's right, the actress walked the red carpet barefoot! Looking as flawless as the rest of the guests. And actress Emily Blunt has expressed many times her dissaprobal to this rule, saying: "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We should not wear high heels, that's very disappointing, just when you think there are these new waves of equality."

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