South Park Magazine

Looking forward to spring

Flat platform sandals were featured in Michael Kors' Spring 2011 runway show at NY Fashion Week in September.
Flat platform sandals were featured in Michael Kors' Spring 2011 runway show at NY Fashion Week in September. Style.com photo

While I am loving this cold weather for allowing me to wear boots every day, I am already anxious for Spring.

More specifically, spring fashion. And, it should be no surprise that I’m fully obsessed with what may be the shoe profile for Spring 2011: the elevator flat.

Vaguely ugly, slightly orthopedic but ridiculously chic, platform flats were all over the SS11 runways. Prada, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Michael Kors were just a few designers who used different variations of the high flat shoe in their collections. The bloggers over at Capitol recently shared news of the arrival of Celine’s "comfortable and practical" offerings to the store near SouthPark.

For some of us, true flats are hard to wear. Ballet flats may be comfy, but they tend to shorten the foot and can look childlike. Plus, there’s no added bonus of tacking 4-plus inches to our height. So what’s a vertically challenged girl to do? Go big or go home.

I hustled all over town last summer in a pair of Michael Kors cork wedges with a 6-inch heel (and 2-3 inch platform under the toe), and no matter how much I professed their comfort, I was met with incredulity. They are comfy, but I can promise the newer, flatter versions will be even more comfortable, especially on the ball of my foot.

Come on Spring!

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