One of footwear’s biggest (and most practical) trends for Spring 2011 is the flatform – a style of shoe that adds inches but is essentially flat, is a departure from the ankle surgery-inducing stilettos of the past few seasons, and doesn’t come with a two-drink maximum. Flatforms were first seen on the runways of Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim and a slew of other designers during the Spring shows a few months ago. So if you need a comfortable shoe that allows you to run after your kids while still looking stylish, you’re in luck. Flatforms are ideal to pair with this season’s 70s-style, wide-leg denim since they’ll give you the extra height you need to rock the elongated retro look, but are basically as easy to wear as a pair of flip flops. Here are my 5 top flatform shoes of the season.
Jil Sander tan platform sandals
Pedro Garcia woven espadrilles
Tory Burch crisscross canvas espadrilles
TopShop coral suede peep toe platform wedges
DV by Dolce Vita “Pali”