Introducing: The Flatform Shoe

Models on the runways for the Derek Lam, Prada, and Vena Cava Spring 2011 shows.
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Here’s a good one: What do you get when you mate a ballet flat with a platform? A “flatform”! Hahaha…nudge-nudge…wink-wink. All joking aside, flatforms just might be the next big thing in footwear. In fact, recently reported that dozens of models were seen stomping down many a Spring 2011 runway, including Derek Lam’s, Vena Cava’s, and Prada’s, wearing flatforms. But, other than singer (and known fashion risk-taker) Robyn, who was spotted performing in flatforms last year, there haven’t been many celebs slipping their tootsies into this tall order footwear. Why not? Who knows. Since they’re flat, they’re super-comfy; they’re versatile enough to be worn with anything from corduroys to flippy skirts; and they make the vertically challenged (us!) appear taller. What’s not to love?


“Flatform” Shoes

+ J Platform Sandal by Cacharel ($635,
+ Stacked Wedge Platform Pumps by Derek Lam ($590,
+ Arcoa Sandal by Robert Clergerie ($295,
+ Triple Buckle Platform Sandal by Michael Kors ($750,
+ Layla Platform Espadrilles by Dolce Vita ($102,

+ Would you wear flatforms?