As spring inches its way closer, it’s hard to miss all the lovely sandals and espadrilles that are starting to make their ways to retail in advance of the season. Sadly, it’s equally difficult to miss the smattering of “flatforms” that hide in their midst; they take up so much visual space that I’m not sure how anyone looking at a group of shoes can see anything else. Despite the fact that these Jil Sander Patent Leather Platform Sandals fit well within the brand’s New Minimal aesthetic, I was sick of shoes like these last year and I’d rather not see them again.
They’re just so…clunky. In addition to giving a bit of height, regular high heels or platforms generally serve to elongate the visual line of the leg by extending the foot, which is an advantage that flatforms don’t have. So they make you a little taller, but not necessarily any less stumpy-looking. Also, watch out for the dreaded hoof-foot effect, which is another thing I wish we could be done with already.
Ladies, if you want the comfort of flats, wear flats! If you want some height, there are plenty of shoes out there than can give you the same amount as a flatform but in a more elegant way. Just say no. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $550.