If you’ve been looking for a footwear trend that ticks all the boxes when it comes to style and a kitsch aesthetic, then the flatform trainer is for you. The addition of a stacked sole gives a fashionable chunky shoe look, whilst adding extra height – so they’re a petite girls best friend! At Larizia we stock a fabulous collection of flatform trainers and other flatform style shoes, so we’ve decided to put together our own guide on how how to wear flatform trainers for SS18.
Why choose flatforms?
If you think of traditional platform shoes, you may be inclined to think of knee length platform boots with a ridiculous sole that will make the wearer suddenly gain five inches of height, not to mention the struggle to actually wear them! This is where we introduce you to the ‘flatform’ – an easy to wear (and walk in) large soled shoe that is usually in the form of a flatform trainer. Containing all of the main elements of a trainer shoe, with lace up fastening and sports luxe elements, the flatform trainer shoe is inherently comfortable to wear and stylish in appearance.
Many of us will have first become acquainted with the flatform trainer design thanks to the infamous ‘Spiceworld’ film where our favourite Spice Girls wore these huge platform style trainers. What better way than to give a fashionable nod to the recent 20th anniversary of Spiceworld the movie than with a pair of flatform trainers a la Baby Spice?
Alongside the flatform trainer, there’s also the flatform sandal, which shares the same larger than life sole and is ideal for summer with its fresh take on the classic sandal shoe. A flatform slider is another alternative summer shoe that you should be packing for your holiday this year.
How to wear flatform trainers
For those unfamiliar with the exaggerated sole of a platform trainer and are daunted by the prospect of styling them, fear not! The chunky sole aspect of flatform trainers is usually seen on winter boots, but this element provides the basis of a unique look for your sneakers which can create a statement look for your casual footwear.
Experiment with details…
The Stella McCartney flatform shoes have been a hot footwear item for celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Olivia Palermo who perfectly style their chunky trainers with many different outfit combinations. Flatform trainers don’t have to be restricted to pairings with athleisure ensembles. Flatform brogues, trainers and even loafers are also available in our Stella McCartney footwear department and may be worth considering if you’re a big fan of this sole style. A classic Stella McCartney flatform trainer is the Elyse Star Saw Edge flatform shoe with statement metallic stars on the upper part of the shoe for a contrasting look. These shiny stars also allow you to embrace a second footwear trend – metallics.
…or stick with what you know
For those ladies who are sneakers girls through and through, there’s a way to incorporate the classic look of trainers with the flatform update. Stella McCartney knows how to create real sports luxe vibes with her Elyse Alter Leather Cleated flatform trainers that have a distinctive athletic design with the addition of a cleated rubber flatform sole. White with pops of blue and red at the back of the shoe, this classic sneaker style can be teamed with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual look suitable for everyday wear.
Style flatforms with workwear
When it comes to fusing two styles together, smart and casual will win everytime. If you work in a laid back environment where no uniform is required, then why not experiment with your flatforms by teaming them with smart work attire? We love the subtlety of the Daniel Suri Black Leather Reptile flatform trainers which are incredibly versatile to wear; either worn with a smart trouser suit or a pair of cigarette trousers and a t-shirt to finish off a smart-casual outfit that can take you from the office to drinks with friends effortlessly. Crafted from premium leather, these Daniel flatform trainers are a reliable pair of shoes that are also available in on trend metallic silver and blue for those days you feel like making more of a statement with your footwear! Flatform trainers can work really well in dressing down an outfit and can take the corporate edge off your usual workwear.
No matter how you choose to wear your flatform trainers, there will be a look that you’ll no doubt turn to time and again. Boost your footwear game and add a little more height with the fabulous flatform trainer trend and add a pair of designer flatforms to your footwear collection with Larizia today!