It seems a new fashion trend, the flatform shoe is likely to be more dangerous and potentially more lethal than any other new trend making the rounds this summer.
To their credit, flatform shoes/sandals lack the discomfort of high heels or steep wedges and the specter of a raised flat shoe may feel comfortable, the elevated form makes walking on uneven surfaces a serious occupational hazard.
Nevertheless it’s buyer beware.
Vogue writer Liana Satenstein recently revealed how she came to tear a ligament after one of the many falls she’d suffered while wearing flatforms, and in Japan, where they have been popular for many years now, flatform-related accidents are widespread.
Still game? Of course you are.
Yamuna Zake – a yoga instructor who specializes in ‘foot fitness’ and teaches classes on how to walk elegantly in high heels – suggests that better attention to weight distribution can help wearers master the art of the tricky flatform.
Advises Zake: ‘Distribute your weight from your big toes to little toes so you are never keeping all your weight bearing into one point in your foot,’
‘If you keep your weight in your heels, it is easier to keep the ankles from collapsing inward. This keeps the ankles strong and feminine while also preventing swelling.’
The flatform concept was first popularized in the 90s – most notably by The Spice Girls, who wore sky-high lace-up versions – although they didn’t gain their new high-fashion hybrid name until they came back around in style three years ago.
They made another revival on this year’s spring 2014 runways, with Tommy Hilfiger and Alice + Olivia among the designers to send them down the catwalk, and they have been spotted on the famous feet of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Willow Smith, to name a few.
Suki Waterhouse – British model and current squeeze of Bradley Cooper – has even designed her own range of them for UK brand Superga.
Fans of the esteemed flatform, however, would be prudent to watch their step, in order to avoid falling victim – literally – to this current fashion fad. Something hopefully you wont!