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The Flatform Sandal: The Most Polarizing Shoe of All Time?

Summer is nearing and I want new sandals.  I’m noticing that the flatform sandal trend refuses to die, and it looks like it’s grown on me.

With my husband on an overseas work assignment, a sister in Toronto and another sister who refuses to answer my texts (that’s you, Alice), I turned to my good pal Vanessa for an honest take on the Teva flatforms pictured below.  She hated them.  In fact, I could sense her utter disgust through my computer!

Teva Flatform Sandals Style Domination
Teva Flatforms; Pic courtesy of www.dothehotpants.com

Here are some examples of some other popular flatform styles.  Tell me what you think in the comments!  I could use some additional guidance before I pull the trigger on buying “the ugliest shoes of all time”.  So harsh!  Lol!

Flatform Sandal Street Style Style Domination

Floral Flatform Sandals Style Domination
Navy floral flatforms. These are speaking directly to me!! NEED.
Gold Flatforms Sandals Style Domination
Gold flatforms – glitzy!

White flatforms sandals Style Domination

Birkenstock flatforms Topshop Style Domination
Topshop’s take on Birkenstock flatforms. Questionable…
Dani Song Sneaker Trainer Flatforms Style Domination; Pic courtesy of www.danisong.com
Adorable Dani Song in trainer flatforms
Tommy Ton Flatforms Street Style Style Domination
Serious street style flatforms; Pic courtesy of www.tommyton.com
Studded Flatforms Sandals Style Domination
Crazy studded flatforms. Highly questionable…

Do you like flatforms?  Yay or nay?  Let me know if the comments!



Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

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    • May 7, 2015 / 9:24 am

      Interesting “good”? Interesting “bad”? LOL! ;o)

      • May 7, 2015 / 9:27 am

        i came across this, for very 1st time,so i have to only imagine that fashion,but looks good!!

        • May 7, 2015 / 10:18 am

          Ahhh! Thanks! People either love them or hate them!

  1. May 7, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Those are hideous. They look like those chunky shoes that were popular in the 90s. I hated those back then too.

    • May 7, 2015 / 9:24 am

      Ahahaha! OMG! These shoes are polarizing! I agree! Remember those cheap platform flip flops? Those were so ugly.

  2. Jen
    May 7, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Donnnnn’t doooo it!! Two words: clod. hoppers. Jimmy Choo wedges all the way!! Teehee 😉

    • May 7, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Ahahahaha! Jen! Ok – I won’t! The fashion goddesses have spoken!

  3. Priscilla
    May 7, 2015 / 9:49 am


  4. May 7, 2015 / 9:51 am

    It is funny I was looking for new sandals too and at first I was like ewww flat forms and then while I kept browsing I saw so many that I thought to myself “well they don’t look that bad, do they?” They are really ugly lololol but you keep seeing them that I might, MIGHT being the key word buy a cheap pair and see if I like them or not lololol xoxo Janet

    • May 7, 2015 / 10:15 am

      Haha! I’m with you, Janet! I have yet to find a pair I love. For the most part, they just look to heavy and clunky.

  5. May 7, 2015 / 11:09 am

    I love flatforms, but not all 🙂

  6. May 7, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I like certain versions of them. I say go for it! *as I look up some styles to purchase myself* lol!

  7. May 7, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Well you know where I stand on this lol.
    My last 2 style posts are feature these WONDERFUL flatforms, freaking love them!

    My suggestion, start with 2 inches height. Nothing too high because some of them aren’t meant to have to little ankle support for such a wide base and if you trip, you will sprain the shit out your ankle.
    Don’t ask me how I know..


    • May 7, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      Oh no! I hope you didn’t hurt yourself too badly!! This is sage advice. I actually desperately want the flatforms in my header pic (the black and green striped ones)!! xo

  8. May 7, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I’m not a fan personally BUT I have this sweet nostalgia for them that kind of makes me love them because I associate them with the late 90s/early 00s when fashion seemed so innocent! I’m picturing Julia Styles in 10 Things I Hate About You and I just can’t entirely dislike something that brings back so many memories! 😀

    • May 7, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      And actually I like those platform trainers! I think it’s the sandels I’m not sold on…

      • May 7, 2015 / 1:56 pm

        Me too – love those trainers! I’m 50/50 on this trend. I like the flatforms that look more wedge-like (higher heel)…more flattering.

      • May 8, 2015 / 5:28 am

        EXACTLY! It just gives me such nice flashbacks to her massive platform flipflops! X

  9. May 7, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    definetly love this trend on sneakers but on sandals unless is a wedge I think it looks terrible

  10. May 7, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Love platforms but I’ll only go 2″!

  11. May 7, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I gotta go for “nay” on this. I think they’re too chunky and definitely un-sexy! 🙁 They look comfy but I’d still prefer a pair of stilettos.

  12. May 8, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Yay on this one! I don’t know what it is about them, but I love the look. Then again, I love every 90s retro look, but that’s just me. 🙂

    • May 8, 2015 / 9:17 am

      Haha! I like some of these looks too! Keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect pair! xoxox

      • May 8, 2015 / 11:20 am

        I have the Steve Madden flatforms called “Surfside” and I LOVE them! They’re super comfy too! 🙂

  13. May 8, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Thank you for this post, I didn’t even know those were “a thing” again. I used to have a pair in the 90’s and they were my favorites! I’ve never liked the look, but I love the added height, and comfort. At this point in my life and fashion, I would have to agree with the mass majority; some are questionably cute, wedges are more flattering, and the trainers are dope! Thanks for the style inspiration, I will be sure to update you when I get a pair!

    • May 8, 2015 / 11:12 am

      Thank you so much for reading! Yep – they are a total “thing” right now! I look forward to seeing what you get! ;o)

  14. May 8, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Hmm, I don’t love the look but they look comfy. Depending on the style, I’d say they are a do.

    They also make me think of the 90’s and the Spice Girls. ?


    • May 11, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Nice, aren’t they! Thanks for stopping by, April!

    • May 11, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Oh no, Deborah! LOL! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

      • May 11, 2015 / 11:45 am

        I did. Hope you did too! I already have 7 screws and a plate in one leg from my famous bicycle (2011) ride trying to get fit. I won’t even go close to anything that may possibly make me fall. LOL !

        • May 11, 2015 / 1:40 pm

          Oh no!!! Deborah! Ok – no flatforms for you! ;o) xoxox

  15. May 11, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    I think I like them! But I also liked similar styles back in the day!!! Remember platform sneakers??? ?

  16. May 13, 2015 / 7:35 am

    They’re definitely interesting but they’re a nay for me. I don’t think they will stand the test of time and in a couple of years you’ll have a laugh and say “what was I thinking” or you’ll have to explain to your kids that “this was fashion back then”.

    However, if you love them now, just go and get them, love and wear them and then move on (or back) to classic wedges, pumps and stilettos that will always look good. 🙂

    • May 13, 2015 / 11:10 am

      Yes – you are right! I think I will get a cheap pair and call it a day. My husband says that they look like bricks strapped to your feet – lol!

  17. May 14, 2015 / 11:43 am

    This takes me back to the ’90s. LOL. I had a few back then, not sure if I’d rock them now….

    • May 14, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      Haha – I think those of us who wore them the first time are a bit traumatized! LOL! xo

  18. May 15, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Personally, this is one trend that I will be gladly missing. I can’t do it. Nope, no thank you. lol!

  19. June 9, 2015 / 9:26 am

    I just tried on a pair…I was not sure how they would work for me so I left them at the store….They were pretty cute though…Maybe I’ll revisit them…Thanks for sharing

    • June 9, 2015 / 9:47 am

      You’re welcome! I’m still on the hunt for a cute, feminine pair. Most I see are too brick-like. LOL! xo

      • June 10, 2015 / 11:38 am

        Lol…exactly…I saw a pair in the Jelly Material…..perfect for Teens not me..

        • June 10, 2015 / 12:17 pm

          Haha! Sometimes you have to laugh at these trends….

  20. June 30, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    (smile) Without dating myself, I’m just going to say that “everything old is new again” – Some of them are quite comfy but not for dancing . Great photos and layout:)

    • July 2, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes – I’m dating myself too – I’m saying “no” to neon, acid wash and jelly shoes. They were too ugly the first time around! Hahaha! *No offense to those who love it!

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