Flatform Shoe Trend: Will You Give Flatforms a Try?

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That’s it. I really can’t ignore this shoe trend anymore.

I thought it was just like an inside joke among a handful of designers, and it would pass us like a breeze. Still, after seeing it as part of the new arrivals at Mytheresa and Nordstrom (places where people can easily buy them), I had to stop laughing and realize that this is all serious and for real.

Platform shoes, often simply referred to as "platforms," are a style of footwear characterized by their thick, elevated solesPlatform shoes, often simply referred to as “platforms,” are a style of footwear characterized by their thick, elevated soles (Credit: Stock video footage / Shutterstock)

What is the difference between platform and flatform?

Dear readers, I’m talking about flatforms. While platform shoes offer an extra boost in front, flatforms feature a level platform that covers the entire foot. The sole platform shoes will be equally thick at the front and back.

Ann Demeulemeester Leather Platform SandalsAnn Demeulemeester Leather Platform Sandals, $930.00

Let’s see here: that’s Ann Demeulemeester, Derek Lam, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Prada, and even the classically sexy Valentino who are getting in on this trend.

Derek Lam Stacked Wedge Platform PumpsDerek Lam Stacked Wedge Platform Pumps, $590.00

Okay, I have to give it to Valentino for adding a feminine floral detail and retaining some of the sexy arches, but it still doesn’t hide the fact that these are FLAT shoes.

Fendi Colorblock Platform Slingback SandalsFendi Colorblock Platform Slingback Sandals, $895.00

Imagine trying to walk in these: not only will the flatness hinder the ball-to-heel action we make while walking, but the rigidity will also increase your chances of tripping, something that is so not sexy.

Jimmy Choo Pepper Platform EspadrillesJimmy Choo Pepper Platform Espadrilles, $375.00

I understand that we all need a break from high heels from time to time, but do flatforms need to be the alternative?

Prada Patent Leather Platform SandalsPrada Patent Leather Platform Sandals, $650.00

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fashion Director Colleen Sherin even told Shine that flatforms “work very well with a fit-and-flared trouser or that 1970s-style jean that we’re loving” and “with the new longer length skirts and dresses that we saw for spring,” but it’s a job that our beloved flats and wedges can do too.

Valentino Canvas WedgeValentino Canvas Wedge, $445.00

Flatforms have been declared as the new “It” shoe. Would you give this shoe trend a try?

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