Oh, how we love our platforms–especially for anyone who has always struggled with a short stature, as they give us instant height with uncompromising style. They are undoubtedly among the most comfortable shoes anyone could ever slip on their foot, and they make wearing heels doable, as they provide awesome stability, even with all that height. They’re probably a favorite with podiatrists, too, for reducing the long list of problems and ailments that result from the frequent wearing of stilettos and other styles of heels offering dramatic height discrepancies between heels and toes. We feel empowered when we’re stomping around in our platforms–fully energized and ready to take on the most formidable task or opponent. Simply put, we just love how all around awesome they are! It looks like this 70s-inspired form of fashion footwear is back. So, what’s hot and what’s not?
Well, if what was dominating the spring runway lineup is any indication of what’s to come in this season’s best footwear–and it ALWAYS is, we have a whole lot of awesomeness in platform form to look forward to! Chunky soles killed on the catwalks for the 2016 spring showings, creating a veritable stampede of 70s styled inspo, ranging from the most avant-garde platforms, to retro clog appeal and serious boho wedges. With lifted looks everywhere, there’s a lot of retro to choose from. Here are some haute heights with the best of hippie-chic intonations for your foot flaunting game changer.
What Features Must be Present for a Shoe to be a Platform?
In a platform shoe with high heels, the platform is confined exclusively to the front section, upon which the ball of your foot and toes rest. When a platform is classified as a shoe platform, the sole of the shoe is constructed to be all one piece, with a variety of discrepancies in height between the front and the heel, being anywhere from flat, and the same height, to a high front, with a dramatically higher heel height.
- The Loeffler Randall ‘Arbella’ Linen Sandal, $395: This sexy black platform is as Sassy as Sassy gets, with chic elegance that is ideal for a night on the town, or paired with rolled cuff baggy jeans and a tailored jacket. With a square, chunky block heel that goes on and on, this black sandal features a linen crisscross front, open toe. In suede, with an adjustable buckle ankle strap.
- The Gianvito Rossi Camel Suede Sandal, $875: This ultra soft suede camel colored sandal will smoothly take you everywhere you need to go, with a chic open toe and leather sole. Adorable platform block heel. Transition from work to casual with these. A must-have, go-with-everything shoe.
- Charlotte Olympia Precious Platforms, $1895: This one takes the platform to dazzling heights and integrates flawlessly with the slimmest stiletto, for dramatic bling, when dressing all out is the theme. Made in Italy, Black suede features a stunningly large crystal embellished pattern.
- Michael Kors Sofia Suede Platform Sandal, $175: With these velvety suede stacked platforms in red, you’ll dominate everywhere you go, with equal chic effects for smooth transitioning from day to night. Just the right components of casual and chic to rock a look. The cutout detailing provides glamorous influence. The delicate straps add softer, feminine appeal. A go-with, for those cuffed denims. Great rubber soles, lace up fastening and an open toe.