Height Without Heels: New Spring Trend

I love the look of high heels and the boost it gives my 5’4″ self. They look pretty, elongate the leg and give me great stature. The problem is my feet aren’t fans so I can only wear low heels…and seldom. Platforms can be a great alternative but they’re usually higher in the heel and put pressure on the balls of my feet. Luckily there’s a great alternative this spring.

Welcome to Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40. You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. This is the final week of our series on fashion trends for Spring/ Summer 2017.

Flatforms are in for Spring. They’re just what they sound like…platforms without the heel. They come in varying heights all the way up to dangerous and dumb looking. As with other trends, they’re being called new for Spring, but they’re really just back.

Flatform sandals

I only wear a trend if it fits my style and I’ve been wearing flatforms for the last few years. I would wear these sandals with a sundress, leggings, jeans or a skirt.

Flatform Sandals

flatform espadrilles

The soles of flatforms don’t bend so you need a shoe or sandal that fits snugly to your foot.

Espadrille Flatforms

Eileen Fisher sport sandal flatformI wore these Eileen Fisher flatforms almost every day on our cruise of the Baltics two years ago. They’re a combination sneaker/sandal and very comfortable. You can see how much I’ve worn them by the wear on the soles.

Eileen Fisher cutout platforms

These cutout flatforms from Eileen Fisher have been in heavy rotation in my wardrobe since the day I bought them 2 years ago.

This is an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe. Choose a sole in the thickness you’re comfortable wearing and opt for ones that fit securely on your feet.

Now let’s go see what trend Pam is sharing today.


Do you own flatforms? Are you curious to try some this year? Do tell.

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  1. February 5, 2017 / 4:07 am

    I do not own any flatforms, but you have made me want to take a second look. I love the Eileen Fisher options. Thanks for the information, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      February 5, 2017 / 8:52 am

      My EF ones are so very comfy!

  2. Linda
    February 5, 2017 / 5:12 am

    No, I cannot wear platforms at all. I use orthotics in my shoes so I cannot wear 90% of the shoes out there! I wear a lot of sneakers. Quite a dilemma when I want to dress up. I have a pair of Skechers I wear a lot with skirts, and then a pair of ECCO that fit nicely with my orthotics. Just count your blessings!!!

    • Jennifer
      February 5, 2017 / 8:53 am

      There was a time I needed orthotics everyday so I understand your delemna. It’s frustrating. I feel fortunate to be able to wear some trendy shoes but I have to be very selective.

  3. Chris
    February 5, 2017 / 6:31 am

    I have several EF sandals in different colors. Love them! So stylish and comfortable, too. Just the right extra height. I couldn’t go higher on the sole for fear of ankle injury. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer
      February 5, 2017 / 8:55 am

      I love EF shoes too! Ankle injury is always a worry which is why you won’t find me wearing anything that wobbles.

  4. Laurel
    February 5, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I have been lusting after the EF sport sandal for months. And I love other EF shoes I have…I bought the second pair after seeing them on your blog! I will probably break down and buy the sandals one of these days. We’ll see how my tax return shakes out. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      February 5, 2017 / 10:26 am

      They’re available in lots of colors this year so I may add a metallic pair to my collection. As comfy as sneakers but cool and dressier.

  5. February 5, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Jennifer, I have worn those same EF flat forms for 2 summers straight now, as have many of my friends. It is so incredibly comfortable. I just wish there were great closed toe flatform options out in the marketplace.

    • Jennifer
      February 6, 2017 / 7:08 am

      A closed option would be fabulous! Hopefully, they have plans to make some.

  6. Cheryl
    February 6, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I absolutely love the look of flatforms, but as I’m 5’10” already, I rarely wear anything with too high of a heel and don’t need the extra height of a platform. My husband is 5’8″ and I don’t like to tower over him when we go out. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      February 6, 2017 / 10:02 am

      You are very fortunate to be so nice and tall. My husband is 12″ taller than me so I need all the lift I can get!!

  7. February 6, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I’ve be scared that I’d fall off the shoe.

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