Balenciaga’s flat cut-away boots could quite easily be dubbed the defining piece of footwear for 2011’s interpretation of punk. Hence why they proved the perfect opener for Vogue Nippon’s June 2011 When Punk Meets Funk shoot starring Anja Rubik, purposefully thrust atop a chair and into the frame. But further into the shoot we’re reminded that a pair of flat loafers can work just as well (and, realistically, are more classic hence will outlive the Balenciaga trend piece). Either way it’s part of the beauty of the punk trend as it currently stands: its based in the masculine, so heels will never have the same hard effect. A saving grace for one’s feet, at least.
Vogue Nippon’s punk look is rooted in skinny jeans and leather jackets that give shirts and ties and anti-establishment twist. It’s styling inspiration for a look that’s tough but not rough.
Anja was photographed by Josh Olins.