The flatform solution: The comfort of a flat shoe with the height of a platform
On the catwalk: Prada does flatforms
A new breed of hybrid shoe is set to make a splash this summer.
The flatform — which has all the comfort of a flat shoe yet the height of a platform — has been taken up by everyone from Michael Kors to Yves Saint Laurent and Charlotte Olympia to Donna Karan.
The first rumblings of the super-hip footwear came last summer with thick-soled brogues from Prada and tall strappy sandals from Chanel.
And now the High Street is putting its best foot forward with weighty-soled lace-ups and plimsolls.
But before you decide to stand tall and embrace your inner Goliath, here are a few words to the wise…
HOW TO WEAR
Platforms, originally called cothornous, were first worn by characters in Ancient Greek theatre to show their importance within the play
With such a chunky bottom half, these look best with a delicate shoe shape on top. Pumps and sandals are the best choice.You don’t need to go all out — a small platform will give you some height without making your feet look too clumpy.Avoid thick, dark, chunky lace-ups unless you have killer legs or are under 20 years old, as they are unflattering on thicker ankles.
Leather and wood shoes, 49.99, hm.com
Klive espadrilles, 55, topshop.com
Leopard-print, 45, office.co.uk
Rainbow, 35, schuh.co.uk
High Flyer basket weave flatforms with
tubular straps, 75, asos.com