The flatform solution: The comfort of a flat shoe with the height of a platform


The flatform solution: The comfort of a flat shoe with the height of a platform

On the catwalk: Prada does flatforms

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

480 BC

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

Leather and wood shoes, 49.99, hm.com

Klive espadrilles, 55, topshop.com

Klive espadrilles, 55, topshop.com

Leopard-print, 45, office.co.uk

Leopard-print, 45, office.co.uk

Rainbow, 35, schuh.co.uk

Rainbow, 35, schuh.co.uk

High Flyer basket weave flatforms with tubular straps, 75, asos.com

High Flyer basket weave flatforms with
tubular straps, 75, asos.com