Flash Some Ankle
We have a vote going down in my neck of the woods today, so it's fitting to talk about the ankle strap trend for Spring 2017!
But what does a vote have to do with ankles??
We actually owe the ability to decorate and flaunt our sassy little ankles in part to the Women's Suffrage Movement, which was all about gaining women equal voting rights. During this time, a women's body became a tiny bit less of a scandalous sexual object to be covered up - and more of an able body requiring freedom of movement and mobility. From the Smithsonian website:
Over time, people became much MUCH less concerned with the exposure of women's legs. Ankle straps were popular in the 1920s, when flappers embraced skimpy slip dresses and short skirts. Today, we're not only baring ankles, we're wrapping 'em up in all kinds of doodads to actively draw the eye down there!
- No-Nonsense (straps keep the pump secured to the foot)
- Too sexy?
I can't really think of any real negatives to an ankle strap in today's society. If anything, it depends much more on the style of the shoe than the strap itself. Dainty straps are retro and ladylike, while crazy buckle straps on black patent platforms can look aggressive and dominating. Regardless, ankle straps will always be a subtle comment on embracing the female body and it's ability to take action in the world!