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I’m Finally Sold On This Shoe Trend & It’s Going to Be Everywhere This Spring

My distaste for the flatform grew into suspicion and finally morphed into genuine approval.    

By Courtney Thompson

About a year ago, “flatform” sandals hit runways from L.A. to Milan and fashion people went crazy for them. Me? Not so much. In my humble, fashion-outsider opinion, they were super ugly. Boxy and masculine, I stuck to my totally-flat sandals, or my beloved wedges for height.

But 12 months later, I’m recanting my original attitude on the trend. Why? Well, time has only increased the public’s demand for the style, which in turn has increased production—meaning, the shoe is being fabricated by pretty much every maker on the market in hundreds of amazing textures and colors that previously weren’t available. Also, I’ve succumbed to the reality that the flatform is crazy comfortable, while also adding height. Which is the very same reason why I heart my wedges so hard.

The biggest designers out there—Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci, Stella McCartney—are making gorgeous flatforms that I’d love to stock my closet with this spring, but alas, their price tags are crazy high. Instead, I’ve found 15 pairs that are equally cute—the Sole Diva number in fuschia had me at first sight—and at price points that are far more palatable. (All but one are under $200; 10 are under $100.) So if you wanna be on-trend this spring, flatforms are about to be your new favorite go-tos. Bonus: Being able to throw on a pair in the morning—that will raise you a few inches!—and wear them straight through nighttime with nary a blister or aching heel.

Castañer Angela Linen Flatform Sandals

BUY FROM: Matches Fashion, $160

Coach Platt Platform Sandal

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $82.49 (Regularly $165, 50% Off!)

Via Spiga Nemy Platform Sandal

BUY FROM: Nordstrom Rack, SALE $89.97 (Regularly $185, 51% Off!)

Matisse Riot

BUY FROM: Spring, $75

Tory Burch Dandy Platform Espadrille Sandal

BUY FROM: Spring, $350

Seychelles Coast

BUY FROM: Zappos, $85

Splendid Eliza

BUY FROM: Zappos, $108

Ash Scream

BUY FROM: Zappos, $80

Teva Universal Flatform Sandal

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $89.95

Mossimo Supply Co. Nonie Metallic Flatform Espadrille Sandals

BUY FROM: Target, $29.99

Sole Diva Sporty Flatforms

BUY FROM: Simply Be, $62.95

Free People Little Rock Flatform Sandal

BUY FROM: Shopbop, $148

Melissa Hotness + Salinas Sandals

BUY FROM: Amazon, $95

ASOS Truffle Flatform Slide

BUY FROM: ASOS, SALE $22 (Regularly $28, 21% Off!)

Steve Madden Krista

BUY FROM: Amazon, $89.95

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