There a ton of reasons to wear platforms this summer: they make you taller, make your legs look longer, and are just plain cute! Coming in wood or hemp-like textures with colourful bands and details, these are one pair of summer shoes you can’t do without.
However there are several hazards associated with platforms, such as tripping, arch pain, ankle rolling, and just not knowing how to walk properly in them in general. Enter the platform’s trendy cousin the flatform. Tall and thick heeled like the platform, the flatform gives you height without the uncomfortable heel aspect.
Platforms are meant to make your feet hurt less than regular heels while make it seem like your sporting a 4 inch high heel. Flatforms take it a step further by actually letting your feet rest flat. They come in all the same colours and trends, so it’s really the best of both worlds where function and fashion.
Run, don’t walk, to the nearest shoe store to find yourself a pair of these trendy shoes. Below are some of our picks for stylish flatforms at every budget:
Check out these brightly coloured Ego and Greed Two Hundred Flatforms in Neon Hot Pink (available in a variety of cheery shades), $89.95. Available at solestruck.com.
Try out these neutral Jeffrey Campbell Suebee Sandals with a narrow ankle strap perfect for work or play, $143.02. Available at nordstrom.com.
These Tenoversix Wooden Suede Wedges are not only trendy because they’re platforms but because of the cool cut-out they have as well, $320. Available at farfetch.com.
Feel free to drool over these open-toed Aldo Ganzer Flatforms made of rubber and leather, $90. Available at Aldo Shoes.
Tips for walking: Practice at home to break in your shoes and make sure you pick up your feet when you walk or you risk tripping. Consider gel inserts, which you can find at any drugstore, if you’re still experiencing pain.