The Best Platform Shoes Now That Everyone Is Wearing Them

They're back and mean business.

Platform shoes at Versace

by Natalie Hammond |

You might have resigned yourself to a life in flats, but if that's the case, prepare yourself: platform shoes are back. Throughout fashion month, the pumped-up platform has made its presence felt on and off the catwalk.

Tracee Ellis Ross wearing platforms from Versace
Tracee Ellis Ross wearing platforms from Versace ©Getty

Tracee Ellis Ross is a fan of Versace's, the platform that started the trend for serious elevation back in February 2021. For AW21, almost every model wore a stacked satin pair in hot pink, scarlet, yellow or black, and since then they've snowballed in popularity. (On this season's catwalk, meanwhile, all manner of platforms were on display, from the punky lace-ups on Lila Grace Moss Hack, to the pointed stiletto pumps on Bella Hadid).

Tina Kunakey at Valentino
Tina Kunakey at Valentino ©Getty

At Valentino, every single front row face arrived in platforms - including Zendaya, Olivia Culpo and Tina Kunakey - and the sky-high shoe was worn with almost every look on the catwalk.

Bella Hadid on the catwalk at Versace
Bella Hadid on the catwalk at Versace ©Getty

The street style set has been test running ever-so-slightly more wearable versions. In Paris, one woman wore a pair of chunky platform sandals - more sturdy, less vertiginous - with slim cigarette pants and black socks (chic). Hailey Bieber, wearing the most knock-out dress imaginable (vintage Gucci), strode out of her hotel wearing the famously stacked platform boots from Naked Wolfe.

Hailey Bieber wearing Naked Wolfe
Hailey Bieber wearing Naked Wolfe ©Getty

And while many have been wearing them with miniskirts (very Clueless), you could always style yours with something slightly more pared-back such as ankle-cropped jeans and an oversized shirt. The only thing you need now? A Compeed subscription.

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SHOP: The Best Platform Shoes

Versace, Medusa Platform Sandals, £1,080
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Zara, Leather Block Heel Sandals, £69.99
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Paris Texas, Malena 130 Leather Platform Sandals, £395
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Ganni, Trek-Sole Leather Penny Loafers, £295
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Charles & Keith, Ankle Strap Sandals Platform Wedges, £59
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Naked Wolfe, Spice Faux-Leather Knee-High Heeled Boots, £300
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Vagabond, Brooke Boots, £145
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10th Floor, Milano Platform Boots, £300
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