Flatforms

There are enough spindly, vertiginous, sky-high heels in our closets to outfit a gaggle of showgirls, but sometimes you don't want to mince around in toe-crushing shoes. Sometimes you want stride down the street in your billowy, silky trousers or parade around town in a colorful frock and not have to worry about how much your arches are aching. But flats? Not to sound twisted, but we are rarely interested in appearing to be our "real" height. Plus, for those of us who are not blessed with runway-model gams but want to wear two of the season's trickier pieces--high-waisted, wide-leg pants and full midi skirts--a shoe with some height is practically required! So what's a girl to do? Happily, there is a solution to this sartorial conundrum and we're spotlighting it in today's Go Buy Now: the Flatform!

As seen on numerous influential runways, the flatform is the newest, most nifty shoe for spring. As you can tell from the name, it's a hybrid of a platform and a flat, so you get a little lift in an untraditional way. (Sometimes the these shoes are not completely flat, but that's okay because a flatform with a wee wedge still totally counts.) At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld paired white suede Open Shoe Shoes ($2100, 800.550.0005) with layered frocks--specifically a navy laser-cut tweed dress over an ecru short-sleeve crepe dress--to create a downtown ladylike look. The flatform also works with slightly '70s, minimalist separates; just look to Derek Lam's show for inspiration. We love the way he paired a silky, tucked-in blouse with wide-leg jeans and flatforms for an earthy, yet sophisticated, look.

The best part about this trend--aside from comfort and coolness--is the fact that there are so many amazing options available right now. We've rounded up a handful of our favorites, and some wonderful, less expensive alternatives, so you should be able to execute this trend quite easily. Read on for details about all of the delightfully droll styles featured in today's story and be sure to pick up a pair of flatforms soon. Your feet will thank you!

1. Vena Cava x TenOverSix Suzanne Sandal Booties ($388) in Navy
If you haven't checked out the entire collaboration between cult label Vena Cava and the brilliant boutique/brand TenOverSix, we suggest doing so immediately. All of the styles are beyond cool, especially these lace-front flatforms. The wood platform and navy leather are so chic together, plus we love the heel cutout and open-toe silhouette.

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim X-Cellent Wood Platform Sandals ($625, 212.334.1160) in Army
Lately we just can't get enough of 3.1 Phillip Lim accessories, especially these wide-strap flatforms in khaki leather. Sleek and understated, we adore the fact that they have just a smidge of heel, which is covered in leather for a truly chic look.

3. Michael Kors Triple Buckle Platform Sandals ($850) in Peanut
We totally appreciate Michael Kors' take on California minimalism this spring, in no small part because of the way he juxtaposed airy pieces (gauzy tanks, silky trousers, and floaty, pleated maxi skirts) with earthier elements, like these simple flatforms. Available in the wonderfully warm color shown above, as well as chocolate or black, these shoes are elegantly functional and definitely worth the investment.

4. Derek Lam Misa Platform Sandal ($590, available at Shopbop on 4/1) in Black
Admittedly, we've been yammering on and on about how great Derek Lam's S/S collection is and have talked about how much we adore the designer's Stacked Wedge Platform Pumps ($590). Well, that's not the only lovely Lam option for spring; we're also crazy about the open-toe version featured above. The slender straps contrast nicely with the chunkier platform, resulting in an overall look that's remarkably feminine.

5. Fendi Fantasia Wedges ($895, 212.759.4646) in Green and Brown
For the fashion thrill-seekers out there, we are happy to present the most flamboyant of the flatform options: Fendi's Fantasia Wedges. These aptly names shoes have a futuristic disco vibe, thanks to the combination of a four-inch platform, '70s-era color-blocked palette, and the trisected wedge. If you adore the silhouette, but would prefer a simpler neutral option, they are also available in black.

6. Jeffrey Campbell Moochie Wedges ($163) in White
Our final shoe is a white flatform that is anything but orthopedic--Jeffrey Campbell's Moochie Wedge! The shoe boasts relatively understated and bare silhouette, adored with only two slim straps and two modest buckles. This sleek option is definitely has universal appeal, plus its price point is certainly spot-on!

But that's not all, folks! We found a couple of other interesting options for your purchasing pleasure, like the insanely cute Topshop Java Suede Peep-Toe Platform Wedges ($130) in the most gorgeous shade of coral. (The cork platform and dainty ankle strap make this pair a must-see.) Though slightly more of a wedge, we also like Wynn's Black Suede Platforms ($135), which have a sturdy wood platform, clog-like stud details, and thick straps. Joe's Jeans also has a cute, semi-flatform style with their Bliss Platform Wedge Sandals ($175). This style comes in two distressed colors: a black/gunmetal hue and dark brown too.

EXPLORE: Go Buy Now, Derek Lam, Fendi, Michael Kors, Vena Cava X TenOverSix, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jeffrey Cambell
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