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February 07, 2011  | by: Ashley Santucci

Models at Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Prada, Vena Cava, and Michael Kors

The “It” shoe for Spring is basically what would happen if a ballet flat and a platform had a baby: the flatform. These shoes are great because they give you the added inches of a heel without the painful side effects.

Flatforms at Alexander Wang and Derek Lam

The height of heels in recent years has become extreme and apparently the designers have heard the cries of customers who don’t want to wear Gaga-esque torture chambers on their feet.  Dozens of models were seen stomping down the Spring 2011 runways for top designers in flatforms. This hybrid shoe was seen at shows such as Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Prada, Vena Cava, and Michael Kors.

Although at first glance they may look a little different, even strange, they are one of the most sensible things to come off the runways in a while.  Flatforms differ from traditional wedges because they are one height straight across instead of having little to no platform in the front and a high heel.  They give the illusion of longer legs without severely bent arches. The flatform is also very easy to walk in.  As the runway models proved, there will be no tipsy-teetering in these stacked shoes.

Flatforms at Prada and Michael Kors

They are also completely wearable in real life. 1970s elements are a big trend for Spring, and these could definitely be incorporated. They would look totally era-appropriate with some wide leg pants.  And they would look just as cute with a skirt or sundress.

If you want to get a jumpstart on the trend, flatforms can even be worn with your winter wear.  Throw them on with some skinny cords or thick tights and you’re ready to go.

What do you think about flatforms? Are they a wearable smart trend, or are they only for the runway?

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