Is it a wedge? Is it a flat? Could be a pair of heels? No, it’s a flatform! Nestled among the loafers and Sperry’s lurks a new breed of shoe. If you thought this season’s neon’s and Aztec prints were as far out as fashion could get, then brace yourself for the ‘flatform’. Here is a love/hate item if ever you’ll see one – even the most obstinate of fence sitters will have to make a decision as this, the ultimate of ‘marmite’ shoes steps into the spotlight again.
Seen on the Michael Kors and Charlotte Olympia cat-walks and already worn by Rihanna and Jessie J, the shoes give height like a regular heal but with the stability of a platform. They first emerged last summer when Prada and Chanel offered the style in thick-soled brogues and buttery leather lace-ups. And now the high street has found its feet with the style with everything from moccasins to ballet pumps. But what’s the verdict? Practically these are a winner. In the event of a late train/bus/insert public transport preference here, running will not cause injury, nor the awkward moment when you find yourself wedged in a drain.
You don’t need to go crazy here, less is most certainly more. A large platform will make feet look cumbersome, a pump or sandal is best, and will give you some height without making your feet appear bulky. Next summer when you unearth them from the murky depths of your wardrobe you’ll either cringe at the ridiculousness of your purchase or wet yourself laughing, neither of which is a good look, although perhaps slightly less embarrassing than being caught in broad daylight with an unflattering pair of these on.
River Island even has nautical espadrilles. Or, in keeping with the Diamond Jubilee, Jeffrey Campbell has a union jack pair. Your street party may not know where to look when you teeter onto the street with your red white and blue teacakes, but it certainly won’t be at her Majesty.