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Flats Trend Sweeps England

09/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Just as we'd managed to convince ourselves that 7in heels were a practical footwear option, rather than the modern equivalent of Chinese foot-binding, designers have made a radical U-turn. Flats are back. You could call it fashion's banking crisis: heels rose to unsustainable heights and, as with the recession, no one quite saw the fall coming.

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