The term flatform shoes or flatforms was first used back in 2011, but the trend has only grown over the past few years because of the over arching theme of comfort as well as beauty in the fashion world. Flatform shoes are flat shoes on a thick raised platform. Unlike a wedge, there is no incline from the toe toward the heel and unlike a platform shoe, there is only one block rather than two blocks with a space in between the toe block and the heel block. Flatforms come in sandals, regular shoes, sneakers, mules, and other shoe varieties. Below are a few examples.
Advantages of Flatform Shoes
Perhaps the biggest advantage of flatform shoes is that you get all the height of a heel, wedge, or platform shoe without putting strain on your feet. Let’s face it! Women put their feet through hell when they squeeze them into high heels or wedges. Flatforms keep your feet flat so you can be more comfortable, but still get the height you desire.
Another advantage of flatforms is that you not only can the part of the shoe that covers your feet be an accessory, the platform that the shoe sits on can. In the examples above, the beauty of the shoe extends down to include the platform. In the case of the Julien David shoe, the embellishment on the platform is what makes the shoe interesting.
Even though flatform shoes themselves are a trend for Spring 2017, these shoes also follow other shoe trends for the season. For example, there is a general trend for ankle straps. Whether the straps be on kitten heels or flatforms, they are quite popular. You can see three examples from the runway below including Balmain, Ferrragamo, and Gucci.
Another popular shoe trend for 2017 is 3-D texture. Shoes are an excellent way for people to make a statement. In fact, for people who are reluctant to get too crazy with their general wardrobe, shoes can be an outlet for expression. Below are a few examples of how we can bring 3-D texture to flatform shoes. Pom poms and fur are excellent embellishments that bring texture to your shoes. We saw other examples above with the glitter in the Balmain shoe or the fabric in the Ferragamo.
No matter what your personal style, you should definitely keep flatform shoes in mind when you are planning your footwear for this year. I personally hate wearing heels because they hurt my feet too much. I think that this style of shoe is the perfect solution for someone who likes the idea of a heel, but can’t handle the pain. Whoever said, “No pain, no gain!”, has been proven wrong with the introduction of flatforms onto the fashion scene.