As one of the shoe trends on the horizon for 2022, the platform is having a resurgence. But before you roll your eyes, rest assured that I’m not talking about the kind with the thick platform at the toe of the shoe and a razor sharp stiletto. No, this time around you’re going to be teetering to new heights with a whole lot more stability beneath your feet because the chunky platform is finally taking the front seat.
And to be honest, it couldn’t be coming at a better moment. Not only does a pair of shoes with a bit more heft add amazing contrast to delicate dresses and tailored suiting, but they are practical too. Have a schedule jam packed with outdoor events and weddings from March well into the fall? Great, you’re no longer sentenced to months on your tippy toes lest you want to sink into the dirt. And once temperatures drop? Platforms still look great with tights.
If you needed more convincing, even Carrie Bradshaw wore a sparkling pair of Aquazurra platforms to do some good old DIY painting in a recent episode of And Just Like That. From the Valentino and Versace stompers that have been all over TikTok, to the ’70s style Saint Laurent chunky platforms that will add just a touch of left bank edge to your look, and even some sandals in between, here are the best platform shoes to step out on the town in the season ahead.
With a handcrafted rope design and ankle strap closure, these elegant and oh-so wearable platforms by Marie Laffont guarantee serious lift—and support. The fact that they are seasonless? That makes them a must.
Bianca Knotted Floral Leather Platform Sandals
Not only do these faded floral leather platforms blend whimsy with a neutral color palette, but the 3.25 inch block heel is sturdy, so there’s no need to worry about wobbling.
Supportive structure meets soft femininity with Chloe Gosselin’s supple sage velvet shoe with a pearl closure. And don’t let velvet scare you—the hue makes these good for every season.
Steve Madden Lessa Platform Ankle Strap Sandal
Add some height to your beach wedding attire with a pair of cork platforms that are balanced with a delicate ankle strap.
Jeffrey Campbell Chillin Platform Mary Jane Pump
Take these Mary Janes on steroids and pair them with a sleek minidress or simple silhouette to add a touch of edge to your otherwise classic outfit.
Talina Platform Sandal
Braided black and tan jute make these a summery option that pair just as well with jeans and a classic white blouse as they do with a floral frock.
kate spade new york confetti platform sandal
Fun and flirty are the name of the game with these confetti platform sandals.
Dolce Vita Cici Platform Slide Sandal in Black Leather
Not into a stacked heel? May we introduce you to the elevated flatform?
Kurtys cutout glossed-leather Mary Jane pumps
Rubber platforms not only make these glossed-leather Mary Janes able to stand up to inconvenient weather, but the material also makes them an ultra cushiony and comfortable option for every day wear.
Ryka leather espadrille platform sandals
One part espadrille, one part lifting platform makes for a shoe that telegraphs understated cool.
Elyse printed vegetarian leather platform brogues
Platform Stella brogues are a daring choice, but the kind that makes for a signature statement.
Heloise 120 knotted suede platform sandals
Knotted neutral suede is a delicate rendering of the platform trend, and these sandals are sure to work with just about every romantic look in your repertoire.
Olie Plateau 140 knotted metallic leather platform sandals
Make like Carrie Bradshaw in AJLT in these higher than high golden platforms. Just don’t paint your house in them.
Pine 55 embellished leather platform sandals
Pearl embellishment makes these Jimmy Choo platforms the perfect choice for when you want a little glitz, or if you want to wear something formal, but don’t necessarily want to rock towering heels.
Natalia bow-embellished plissé-lamé platform sandals
Loeffler Randall hit the sweet spot with sparkly party perfect shoes, which also come in platforms. And the color selection? It’s worth investing in a rainbow of options.
Leather platform mules
You get two-trends in one (mules and platforms, hello), with these high octane Versace slides.
Valentino Garavani Tan-Go 155 patent-leather platform pumps
If you follow the big fashion influencers, you already know that these patent platforms are the shoe to own right now, and we don’t disagree.
Kaila Leather Platform Sandals
You can’t go wrong with a neutral shoe paired with a double dose of a platform.
These bedazzled and colorful Louboutins are the perfect complement to a brightly hued outfit.
Want to take things ultra-feminine? That’ll be soft pink metallic Sophia Webster with crystal embellishment, thank you very much.
Courtney Leather Platform Sandals
For a more modest, but still height-inducing pick, these by Clergerie fit the bill perfectly.
Malena Leather Platform Lace-Up Sandals
Chunky platforms with delicate straps in a sugary hue make these Paris Texas shoes a great choice to strut into spring with.
Rattan with crisp white straps will be a regular pick summer after summer, we promise.
Dylan Snake-Embossed Leather Wedge Sandals
These platform peep toes will work equally well in warm weather and in cooler temps.
Dainty flowers are the perfect contrast with inky black leather platform sandals.
Remember the oh-so spikey Saint Laurent tribute pump that redefined platforms? They never went away—this is just a reminder.
Sundance Metallic Platform Sandals
Metallic and sunny bright stripes make these a great summery option—and they mirror the colors you’ll see in a sunset. Think of the golden hour ‘fit checks.
Glossy and higher than high, a shoe that screams glamour these do make.
Earthy wooden platforms will make for a great choice as the weather warms.
Dolly Metallic Leather Platform Ankle-Strap Sandals
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