Shoppers Weigh In on ‘Flatforms’

Looks from the 1970s were all the rage on the spring ’11 runways, right down to the wooden wedges and towering platforms. A range of designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Derek Lam and Michael Kors, tapped into one of the most recognizable new footwear trends: the “flatform,” a hybrid between a platform and a flat. Footwear News took to the fashionable streets of New York’s Soho neighborhood to ask women of different ages for their takes on the look. While a few of the more fashion-forward said they’d add the style to their closets, most worried about the lack of comfort and sex appeal.

1. Larissa Thelusma, 20
Queens, N.Y.
Favorite brands: Etienne Aigner, Steve Madden
Hit or miss? Hit. “I like platform wedges and shoes like this. They are versatile. You can dress them up or down.”

2. Budoor Mulla, 17
Manama, Bahrain
Favorite brands: Gucci, Prada
Hit or miss? Miss. “It definitely isn’t my style. They look really weird. I wouldn’t wear them or know [how] to wear them. I like more of a high heel.”

3. Vilay Dethluxay, 30
San Francisco
Favorite brands: Hunter, Miss Sixty, Steve Madden
Hit or miss? Miss. “These aren’t fashionable to me at all. They look really uncomfortable.”

4. Faany Meier, 24
Vevey, Switzerland
Favorite brands: Dr. Martens, Ugg, H&M
Hit or miss? Miss. “They look too heavy and not feminine enough. They look OK [on the models], but they don’t [seem] sexy.”

5. Lexus Salazar, 17
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Favorite brands: Steve Madden, Tory Burch, Ugg
Hit or miss? Miss. “I have flat feet and need more arch support.”

6. Susanna Boedeker, 49
Bremen, Germany
Favorite brands: Bass, Tamaris
Hit or miss? Miss. “They look too heavy, like medical shoes.”

7. Ana Lucia Jauregui, 15
La Paz, Bolivia
Favorite brands: Steve Madden, Ugg
Hit or miss? Miss. “They look uncomfortable, [and] the platform does not seem to go with the top of the shoe.”

8. Princess St. Paul, 18
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Favorite brands: Christian Louboutin, New Balance, Steve Madden
Hit or miss? Hit. “They’re different and don’t look like regular wedges. … I wear a lot of high heels, but I would try these.”


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