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Okay, so they may have been suitable as part of Christian's Dior's show at Haute Couture Paris S/S Week, but besides that and the film 'Memoirs of a Geisha' these high, wooden and undoubtedly painful platforms aren't very practical. Parading (or rather shuffling) around on the catwalk, models in the Dior show definitely earned their keep this week when they attempted stilt walking while avoiding falling down from the sheer weight of their dramatic costumes and extravagant headpieces. The traditional Japanese-style sandals appeared in a variety of colours and materials with rope straps, buckles and studs. As part of the overall show the shoes were an amazing work of art, anywhere else and they would probably make you a laughing stock. [Kim Foster]