High Fashion Plastics
It's one of the two most famous lines from The Graduate, where Dustin Hoffman is told it is the future.
The future is now, but probably not the way the movie thought.
According to Canada.com, there is a flood of high-end plastic footware available for the asking, although it usually goes by the code-word Jelly
went mainstream, and now you can get them as platform heels and ballet flats. How high-end has plastic gotten? Gucci and Marc Jacobs have ballet flats. Tony Burch has jelly flats in their Reva line.
Melissa shoes, a division of Brazilian Footwear
manufacturer Grandene, is an entire line of shoes constructed from an ultra-malleable plastic called MEFLEX that's big on design. Melissa has the first shoe designed by a prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid, whose space-age plastic boots are coming out this summer.
Besides architects, Melissa also has shoes designed by wire-and-rope-furniture designers the Campana Brothers, who designed a web-like shoe.
Punk design queen Vivienne Westwood has designed a whole collection of Melissa shoes, from Mary Janes to her latest Lady Dragons. The Lady Dragons are high-heeled slingbacks and becoming hard to find.
If plastics are the future, it seems we're all getting there one step at a time.