Need the height but not willing to suffer the pain of aching feet? Platform shoes — this season’s “It” shoes — are just the solution to your crisis. A 90s fashion staple, these raised soles are back, and are taking things to the next level.
The shoes are perhaps most commonly associated with the Spice Girls, who were often spotted in platform trainers. In fact, “Baby Spice” Emma Bunton once broke her ankle after falling off her chunky shoes. But platform shoes have actually been around for ages. In 1938, Salvatore Ferragamo designed a pair of “Rainbow” platform sandals with multicoloured cork heels for Judy Garland. And way before that — in 220 B.C, to be exact — Greek actors used to wear leather sandals with cork platforms called Cothurnus. The higher the Cothurnus were, the more important the actor was.
Thankfully, in this modern day we live in, you don’t have to be an actor to wear platforms (or to prove how successful you are). Here are 10 of our favourite platform styles, which range from Balenciaga‘s chunky leather ankle boots, to Gucci‘s over-the-top rainbow platform pair, and the updated Elyse by Stella McCartney.
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Rochas platform sandals
Rochas’ satin sandals are complete with 160mm wooden platforms and rubber soles. Wear yours with a flowy, ethereal dress like the models at Rochas’ Spring 2017 runway show did.
Saint Laurent suede platform sandals
Saint Laurent’s quirky Candy 50 “Love” knotted sandals are fashioned with suede, metallic leather and glitter, and emblazoned with “love” on the side. They also feature adjustable strap closures, and leather soles.
Prada platform brogues
A contemporary spin on classic brogues, Prada’s version features chunky platform soles. Crafted from glossy leather, the shoes are detailed with perforated accents, and a wingtip toe.
Miu Miu lace-up platform espadrilles
Miu Miu adds an edgy, trendy twist to its signature ballet pumps. These thick espadrille-platforms guarantee height, while their soft leather top and lace-up details promise comfort all day long.
Gucci platform sneakers
Definitely a show-stopper, these metallic gold Gucci sneakers were first seen at the Fall Winter runway show. They are a striking take on the classic lace-up sneakers.
Covered entirely in sheepskin, Fendi’s platform sandals are an elevated version of bedroom slippers. With a platform height of 70mm, you’re guaranteed height and comfort for the rest of the day.
Ellery platform sandals
An obvious nod to traditional Japanese wedged sandals, Ellery’s Kaumi sandals are crafted from suede, and adorned with Japanese-inspired jacquard straps. They are set on a chunky crocodile-effect wedge heel.
Stella McCartney lace-up platform shoes
If you’re a fan of platform shoes, this is one style you would know. Stella McCartney has updated her signature Elyse platform shoes this season with intricate woven textile. Finished with a cork midsole and chunky rubber soles, wear yours with ankle-cropped trousers.
Balenciaga platform ankle boots
Towering at a height of 130mm, Balenciaga’s leather platform ankle boots were first seen at the brand’s Fall 2016 runway show in Paris. Made in Italy using supple leather, they are both comfortable and sophisticated.
Burberry leather platform wedges
With their platforms decorated with lovely peony rose prints, Burberry’s leather sandals will take you from a casual day out, to a classy dinner, with style and elegance. They feature wide leather straps and polished metal buckles.