As the world slowly starts to open up and home once again becomes a refuge after a busy day at work (rather than the backdrop to such busyness), it’s time to consider footwear again – shoes for those lucky enough to actually be going places. Cue the flatform: versatile, modish, comfortable and just a little bit quirky.
A 90s staple (and Spice Girls’ favorite) was once again all over the SS21 runways, from Milan to New York, reincarnated with a touch of elegance in wood (Ulla Johnson) and animal print (Erdem). You see, the flatform is a carefree and laidback version of a platform heel, without the high maintenance disco pretence.
So, if you want to stride through the remainder of the summer in a shoe that is, above all else, raucous fun, consider the flatform with its dress-up-dress-down potential. Brunch at the beach? Try the classic white platform flip-flops by Jacquemus. Sunset drinks? Pair Amina Muaddi’s chic ankle-wrap flatforms with a maxi skirt (thigh-high slit optional). Or perhaps comfort is key for a day of shopping? Rick Owens provides the perfect quilted pair for a mall trawl.
We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite flatform styles – leave all misgivings at the front door…