Whenever you feel low, get high platform sandals.

In case you’ve missed the memo: this summer is all about comfort. We’re wearing slides as has-been high heels and bucket hats to cover unwashed hair, as athleisure reigns supreme and loungewear is the new black.

A result of lockdown after lockdown, and pandemic pandemonium, the rise of platform sandals comes as no real surprise. They hit that perfect mark between “I want to wear something easy” and “I want to look like I tried.”

A chunky juxtaposition thereby, we love platform sandals for their seemingly heavy look on our — by comparison — delicate and fragile legs. What’s more, they also offer plenty of height to those of us who weren’t gifted in the height department, without the pain of wearing actual heels. Platform sandals are like a big hug, then, really.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite platform sandals of the minute. Whether you wear them to run errands or you wear them to a (safe and socially distanced) brunch with the girls, there’s a shoe for everyone. Think of it this way: platform sandals put you on a little podium of your own. This is where you belong. This is where you read on.

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Starting our list with a truly beloved brand in the world of “ugly sandals,” Teva’s flatform sandal is a great place to start if you don’t know where to start. Comfortable and easy to wear, this all-white number has something minimal yet intriguing about it, and is a fool-proof pairing for most outfits. Welcome to the cult.

Pair with: Shorts (flaunt those elongated legs), and some attitude
Wear to: An art exhibition in Charoenkrung, followed by cafe-hopping somewhere chic
Price: THB 1752

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For those who want to keep it classy, opt for these Jimmy Choo sandals. They feature flatform soles too, and are made from a smooth black leather. The thin crisscrossing straps are a fun yet sophisticated touch, with the glossy faux pearls across the sides definitely adding a sparkle to your step. Another glass of Chardonnay, please.

Pair with: An elegant all-black ensemble
Wear to: Try a new lunch menu somewhere snazzy
Price: Approx. THB 26,572

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You don’t need to look to the catwalks of Paris and Milan for quality platform sandals. Thai brand BOYY makes a great pair, too. Featuring that signature puffy buckle and belt, this platform sandal is as comfortable to wear as it is comforting to look at. It features a lambskin upper and insole, and thereby makes for a trusted companion on any walk.

Pair with: More earth tones, because why not?
Wear to: Ceramics shopping
Price: THB 17,005

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4

For those who aren’t quite convinced of the platform sandal trend just yet, ease your way with platform espadrille sandals. We love this pair by Gianvito Rossi, featuring suave suede straps that wrap around the ankles. Handmade in Italy, they’ve definitely got a bit of Roman flair to them. Wear them like a goddess.

Pair with: A white linen dress and stacked gold jewellery
Wear to: Sunday brunch overlooking the beach
Price: Approx. THB 27,035

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5

Stella McCartney is one of the designers who put platform sandals and sneakers on the map in recent years. The brand makes a host of platform shoes, and the Emilie design is certainly a cult favourite. In this sandal rendition, the slingback strap makes the pair easy to put on and take off (summer essential) whilst still boasting those signature ridged platforms. Made from vegetarian leather (yup), it’s definitely something for the eco-conscious shopper, too.

Pair with: A jumpsuit, and bring out that #powerwoman energy
Wear to: Dinner with the gals
Price: Approx. THB 10,143

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6

Have you spotted this pair out and about? We certainly have. A fun take on the classic “ugly sandal,” Marni’s platform sandals combine comfort and cool points with their foam rubber striped platform. Definitely a fun one to wear if you’re into that monochromatic kind of vibe, and the floral embellishments are definitely the little cherry on top.

Pair with: A fun dress, because you’re fun
Wear to: Running errands about town
Price: Approx. THB 12,207

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Not just for Pride Month, but for a full year of style, we love these Teva sandals with a rainbow platform. Ideal for all those people who say they should wear more colour, it’s a great way to dress up your shoe game without trying too hard. A sandal that really screams, “hey! Look at this platform!”

Pair with: Whatever you want — everyone is looking at your shoes
Wear to: A spontaneous date
Price: THB 2072

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Lisa Gries
Creative Content Director, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.