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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Such New Heights

Once upon a time, short people wore a specific style of shoe for reasons beyond the obvious, mainly to feel taller than they actually were. The actors of ancient Greece came first, then the divas of disco and finally our favorite girl group, the Spice Girls. Oh wait, short people still do this (I can honestly speak from experience). Part wedge and part flat, flatforms are the perfect blend of comfort and style serving as the best alternative to those sky-high heels we all love to hate.

So, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want. I really want this Fashionista’s pair of flatform sandals. Opting out of wearing a predictable pair of boots or flats truly paid off for her overall look. This Fashionista pairs her flatforms with electric blue denim, a bold faux fur vest and a neutral contrasting top. The color-block effect of these pieces packed a powerful, graphic punch into her outfit.

From the UK to Tokyo, flatforms (and platforms) are redefining classic ensembles for daring Fashionstas/os around the globe. These shoes are a more comfortable alternative to their cousin silhouette because of their usual guise as a sneaker or sandal. Unfortunately, a flatform sandal is only good if there is not three feet of snow piled in your walking path or subzero temperatures forcing you to wear closed toed shoes. So here’s a word of advice on styling a pick straight from the Man Repeller playbook: “Socks and sandals are so relevant that they have their own Wikipedia page.” As for those poor Midwestern souls, socks and sandals still aren’t an option for the bitter cold.

How To: Are your winter boots killing your outfit vibe? Spice up your personal style and spring footwear with flatforms or platforms as a more reserved option. Try them with socks to make them a warmer substitute. To steal this Fashionista’s style, look for a simple black pair. Color and shape options are endless for flatform and platform shoes; standing tall has never been so easy!