Flatform: Where Comfort and Style Collide

Chokers, satin slip dresses, and overalls aren’t the only 90’s trend making their way back onto runways and into our closets. The platform, or as some refer to it, the “flatform”, shoe is back and better than ever.

Everyone from Celine to Steve Madden is featuring these chunky soles in their latest collections, and consumers love it.

Sam Edelman fur sneaker
Sam Edelman ‘Leya’ Fur Sneaker, $100; samedelman.com Photo credit: Caroline Kushner

“A lot of people are gravitating more towards that look because they’re more comfortable,” says NorthPark Center’s Nordstrom Assistant Manager Taylor Smith.

The shoes first began to make a come back in 2014, when we began to see tall, leveled, sandals on the runways in Milan. Now, the shoes have taken all different forms in flats, espadrilles, loafers, and more.

Stella McCartney shoes
Stella McCartney, prices vary; nordstrom.com Photo credit: Caroline Kushner

SMU Grad, Lana Makhzoumi, has been sporting flatform shoes since the trends revival. From Dubai, to Dallas, to our nation’s capital, Makhzoumi rocks her flatform shoes everywhere she goes; and, at 5 feet 3 inches, she loves gaining a couple of extra inches, no matter what the occasion.

“I love how casual some can be, like sneakers, and others, like loafers, can look so professional and dressy,” she says.

H&M Prelined Boots
H&M Prelined Boots $39.99, hm.com Photo credit: Caroline Kushner

With its chunky structure, the flatform is not the right shoe for every outfit, however. For example, rocking your favorite pair of skinny jeans may not be the best time for a flatform, as the contrast between your skinny little legs will give the shoe and very chunky look. A midi-skirt or culotte pants may be a better option.

And, as with any trend, the shoe ranges in price point from $39.99 from H&M to $1000 Stella McCartney, and can be found at retailers like Nordstroms.

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