It was only a matter of time before sky-high platform sandals took their rightful place at the top of the footwear pyramid. "We have witnessed a shift away from comfort and practical footwear over the past few months and toward heels which are, quite simply, 'the higher, the better,'" Net-a-Porter senior market editor Libby Page tells BAZAAR.com.
Runway pairs like Versace's Medusa heel and Valentino's Tan-Go pump accelerated fashion's growing fascination with skyscraper heels and pumped-up platforms. Then, warm-weather collections introduced platform sandal spin-offs for every moment and dress code: denim and raffia for weekday casual, mixed metallic leathers and lace-up accents for wedding invites or general formality. Page tells us Net-a-Porter invested in more than 50 platform styles for the current season, with another 90-plus on deck for the upcoming fall.
Whichever platform speaks to you, wearing one is all about emphasizing the leg. "Platform heels are the perfect finale to any minidress, or they can be effortlessly styled with stonewashed denim for a more casual take on the trend," Page advises. The higher your heels, the more practical considerations there are to at least consider: Look for ankle straps for extra support and wide, sturdy platforms to avoid any Bambi-like wobbling. For the most part, these shoes are all about frothy aesthetics and a dose of disco-infused fun. Below, shop 15 platform sandals that will take your shoe game up several notches.
Page recommends platform sandals as a special-occasion shoe above all else. This metallic skyscraper sandal from Aquazzura is the gold standard.
Versace's Medusa platform pump stomped into the fashion industry's hearts first, but this towering platform is close behind. From Versace's latest runway collection, it comes in the same jewel-tone satins as the Medusa, but features a cutout wedge heel and an open toe. Strap this investment pair on whenever you want to feel a little bolder (and taller).
Margiela's Tabi platform isn't just for heel lovers; it's for heel connoisseurs. It features the same striking—or divisive—toe notch as its sister boot, plus a conical wooden heel and thick leather straps.
For Christian Louboutin's platforms, more is more is more. These 120-centimeter platforms, done up in candy-bright laminate leathers, make any outfit an occasion.
Denim platforms can be grungy in one look, sweetly rustic with the next. Whichever aesthetic is more you, Coperni's sky-high denim platforms will help you achieve it.
The Dolly platform sandal is the pièce de résistance of Larroudé's lineup, with a towering heel, open toe, and hold-you-in strap. Of the many platforms worn by this editor, the Dolly has the most secure straps and a blip of a break-in period. You won't wobble while trying them on, nor while wearing them out. Raffia belongs with any and all summer denim; for dancing with friends or going to one of a dozen weddings, try a suede pair stamped with crystals.
This occasion platform is all about the details. The PVC ankle accent adds iridescent sheen while holding your heel in place.
Is there such thing as a 24/7 platform sandal? This faux-leather find comes close, with buttery straps and a low pitch made for walking—all on a nine-centimeter platform.
Page of Net-a-Porter suggests D'Accori's platforms when you really want to stand out. Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa already count on this emerging label for their most dizzyingly high heels.
A woven espadrille platform gives the standard black sandal a summery touch. Take this pair out of office or just out to dinner.
Why not get tied up in Paris Texas's dramatic platform? These laces can be fastened a different way for each outfit.
Brother Vellies's platforms are the closest you'll get to walking on a Caribbean beach without a plane ticket or PTO. The tricolor laces and wooden sole are inspired by the region—just add a straw bag for a full tropical effect.
This platinum platform is right when you want a smidge of disco energy. It has a lower pitch for dancing all night—and a lower price for ordering a second pair in bubblegum pink or optic white. (You deserve options.)
The Barbie shoe, made life-size. This iridescent pink heel will get all the compliments.
This cream suede sandal will slide under any spring dress—no matter the hem length. As if its versatility wasn't appealing enough, it's also half off right now.