Within the past few years, the flatform has seen a growth in trend. Since its progression into the contemporary street style and runway, the flatform molds its heightened sole onto just about any type of shoe; be it sandal, sneaker, oxford, boot or loafer.
But why a flatform? Against skyscraper platforms and angled wedges, flatforms weigh at a more relaxed ease and comfort. Feet are able to preserve their posture on a horizontal base, yet still elevate vertically to add desired height. Below are a few thick-soled flatforms that have more than caught on:
- The Brothel Creeper: Birthed in the night streets of London, the brothel creeper carries a thick crepe sole below a usually suede form. Detailed with a short lace-up tie at it’s front, secured by two pairs of silver ring attachments, creepers endorse a signature look. Popular today are creepers with leopard print fur uppers, which you can find here.
- The Rocking Horse: The rocking horse shoe pulls much of its charm and inspiration from the traditional Japanese sock plus wooden sandal worn by geishas, coupled with the style and grace of a ballerina’s slipper. Designed by Vivienne Westwood in 1985, the rocking horse shoes are made of a leather upper and wooden sole, and incorporate a number of different styles including: ballerina, golf, boot, mary jane, cross-strap and more. Not surprisingly, these flatforms are most popular among the Lolita fashion style of Japan, frequently stepping the streets of the Harajuku fashion district in Tokyo. Vivienne Westwood also introduced a wing strap sandal with a rocking horse base in 2010, designed for a Brazilian eco-friendly shoe brand called MELISSA.
- The Single Ankle-Strap Sandal: With summer at its starting point, these simple flatforms are making the definite impact. Usually made of leather, the shoe comes in two parts: an wide open-toed strap at the front, and a heel and ankle-strap at the back, and stands with a shorter one to two inch sole. Score these sandals at places like Topshop and Urban Outfitters.
- The Jute Wrapped Sole: A jute wrapped sole is adaptable to sandal, sneaker or flat. Commonly seen on the sister wedge shoe, the flatform takes the summer seasoned staple to a new level. These flowerhead flatforms from Anthropologie or Jeffrey Campell’s espadrille-inspired flatforms from Urban Outfitters are the perfect examples.
Spotted: Calvin Klein resort 2013 took to the stage with a transformed take on the single ankle-strap sandals – a smaller toe opening and an added open heel.