After a few less relevant years, it is clear that the platforms have made a comeback. Don’t panic at the mere thought of putting on some dizzying shoes, because the resurgence of platformers couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve all just spent the better part of the past two years in variants of slippers, sneakers, and other comfy footwear to go along with our cemented love of loungewear, and while we’re not saying platforms match your favorite fuzzy shoes, they’re *much* easier to wear than those pencil-thin stilettos that were so en vogue.
There’s nothing wrong with a shoe without a platform, but we’re pretty excited about the revival of the 70s and 90s. Platforms are simply more wearable and more comfortable than shoes without that kind of support. , and aren’t as destructive to your arches. There is, of course, a difference between the seven-inch platform heels spotted on the fashion week catwalks and those three-inch platform sandals or shoes we’ve been coveting for the coming season, because we let’s not try to tip dangerously along sidewalks or face crashes on the way to dinner.
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Today’s platforms are an homage to those of decades past, but with a decidedly modern twist. There are fun platform pumps and high heel sandals, but there are also elevated loafers, chic boots and cool sneakers. Below, discover the best platforms for shopping right now.
Reformation Corn Platform Sandal
Women’s blush-hued platforms from Reformation feature an adjustable ankle strap and a surprisingly manageable three-inch heel, thanks to a sturdy platform. They are so perfect for spring and summer, especially for any weddings you have to attend this year.
$248, Buy Now
Stuart Weitzman Piper Superlift Loafers
A chunky platform loafer is an on-trend take on the classic silhouette, and these patent-leather shoes feature a fun bead-embellished buckle.
$495, shop now
Aquazzura Sundance 140 Tray
These towering metallic sandals would be out of the question if they didn’t have a lovely padded platform and ankle strap. It’s time to bring the fun back, and these metallic gold shoes are an ideal option for a night out on the town.
$795, shop now
Superga 2790 Tank Trainers
White trainers are a wardrobe staple, but sometimes you want a little more height, which is where Superga’s retro-inspired platform trainers come in.
$89, shop now
Loeffler Randall Natalia Red Platform Bow Heel
Make a splash in these bold red heels, which have a whimsical tied bow on the toe.
$450, shop now
Alexandre Birman Clarita Sport Leather platform sandals
For a more subtle and wearable version of the platform sandal, try these black leather shoes. They have super soft, contoured insoles, with Alexandre Birman’s signature Clarita knots.
$395, shop now
Dr. Martens Molly Platform Ankle Boots
Embrace the ’90s resurgence and stomp in these Doc Martens rigs.
$179.99, Buy Now
The Row Ginza Leather Platform Flip Flops
Listen, we also didn’t think flip flops would make a comeback as acceptable footwear outside of a nail salon, but here we are! Turns out they can, in fact, be quite chic, like these caramel leather platform flip-flops from The Row.
$925, Buy Now
Jean Chloe Gosselin
These gorgeous metallic silver sandals combine a comfortable platform with a sleek silhouette, complete with a feminine pearl button.
$825, shop now
Black Chloé Kurtys Mary Jane Pumps
Think of them as the adult version of the Mary Janes of your childhood. The shiny black leather is so versatile, while the rubber sole adds a fun touch. We love the idea of wearing them with a fluid dress and an oversized blazer.
$895, shop now
Mr.Gemi La Greta
Turns out clogs are cute. Don’t believe us? Try these wooden soled M.Gemi shoes in black suede.
$278, shop now
Stuart Weitzman Disco Platform Sandal
These incredibly aptly named shoes hark back to the disco heyday of Studio 54, in the best possible way. Team them this year with cropped straight jeans, a fluid maxi or an adorable skirt.
$495, shop now
Steve Madden Twice Platform Pump
You can’t talk about platforms without mentioning the shoe brand that brought us *so many* ’90s shoe trends — never forget the hold those black slides had on us. For a more up-to-date look, try these off-white platform Mary Jane shoes, featuring a double strap and a comfortable chunky heel.
$109.99, Buy Now
The Row nubuck platform ankle boots
If you’re unsure how to wear your boots in the warmer months, take inspiration from these beige zip-front platforms.
$1,490, shop now
Reform Abalonia Chunky Maryjane
The classic Mary Jane gets a makeover with this platform shoe, featuring a chunky lug sole and adjustable T-strap.
$248, Buy Now
Nomasei Taxi Sandals
This shoe is inspired by a combination of the disco era of the 1970s in New York and the 90s. It is much more wearable than some of the high heels of those decades, but still with a decidedly retro edge.
$440, shop now
Chloé Wavy Crocheted Platform Slides
summer is not this away, and you’re sure to live in these adorable platform slides all season long. White crochet shoes have comfortable raffia footbeds and a sturdy platform, and go with just about anything.
$795, shop now