Last Updated on January 5, 2023 by Eve Dawes
The platform sandals shoe trend continues for 2023. Here’s some of the best ones to cheat a few inches!
Platform heels are one of the it girl shoe trends that started last year and is set to stay on trend for 2023. Versace platform heels may have started the platform sandals trend but Lady Gaga’s red satin platform shoes she wore at the House of Gucci premiere pushed the platform heels trend even more. Ever since Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande starting wearing the Versace Medusa heels, they’ve been selling out and trending in Google searches and other brands have been jumping on the trend.
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It doesn’t matter what kind of platform heels you wear this season as long as they’re high. Whether it’s platform shoes, sandals, ankle boots or knee high boots. I’m always the first to jump on the platform shoe trend every time it comes back around.
As at 5’2″, I’ll grab any opportunity I can to cheat a few extra inches. Plus platforms are so much more comfortable than their thin soled styles. They might not be as classy and elegant but they’re fun and on trend.
If you’re not used to platform heels, flatforms are the entry version but I’m all for the higher the better. Platform shoes and boots might not be a lasting trend but it’s definitely memorable and give everything from a retro 70’s vibe to punk to more elegant depending on the style you go for.
One of my favorite ways of styling platform heels was Bella Hadid’s pink platform shoes and colorblocked look at Versace a few seasons ago. Besides being seen at Versace, platforms were also prevalent at Off-White, Moschino, Valentino, Louise Lyngh Bjerregaard, and Alice McCall.
Are platform heels in style 2023
I tend to take fashion shows as the cue to what’s going to be big next trendwise and Vogue as my fashion bible. Platform heels have been in fashion since last year and show no sign of disappearing for 2023. Platform shoes and sandals are even popping up in next years resort wear collections to grab those platform heels and get comfy. Black and white are obviously the most versatile but all shades of pink or metallic are the most on trend for this year.
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Trending Platform Heels & Boots for 2023
Versace Medusa platform heels might be the most popular and coveted but they also come with a hefty price tag. As much as I’m temped by them to go with my pink Versace Medusa bag and love the black satin and pink Versace platforms I think I’m going to stick with a pair of pink satin and solid white platform sandals that I already have.
Versace Heels | Medusa Platforms
These are the Versace heels the celebrities are wearing that is keeping the platform heels trend alive. As well as some more budget friendly versions.
Trending platform heels for all budgets
These are the most fashion forward platform heels, boots and sandals for all budgets trending for 2023. From luxe to luxe for less, blacks and neutrals to colorful styles and trending metallics.
Are platform heels easier to walk in?
I find platform heels so much easier to walk in compared to stilettos. To start with they have a thicker sole which is more comfortable than thin soled shoes. Although they look really high, they tend to be at less of an angle than stilettos or regular heels. Since your feet aren’t at such an extreme angle it puts less pressure on the balls of your feet but still gives you height, winning!
The only downsides to platform shoes are driving as platform heels make it hard to feel the pedals. So I always switch into flats to drive. As well as bruised ankles if you walk remotely turned out (I was a ballerina) if you clip your ankles with your heels walking. They quickly fixed my turned out walk when they were last in fashion to avoid getting my ankles beat up.
Whats the difference between platforms and wedges?
Wedges, platform wedges, platforms and espadrille wedges are still in style and great for giving us some extra inches but what’s the difference between platforms, wedges and flatforms?
Wedges soles slope gradually from the front to the back. The front can be either flat or a platform and they have a wedge shape. They can be pretty low or super high but it’s the wedge shape that makes them a wedge shoe.
The difference between wedges and platform shoes is that although they both have a raised heel:
- Platform heels have a thick sole whereas wedges can have a thin or thick sole. It’s not the heel that makes a platform a platform shoe but the thick sole at the front of the shoe.
- Platform heels don’t have a wedge/triangle shape like wedges do. There’s a distinction between the heel and the sole.
- To make it confusing the 2 styles can be combined as a platform wedge. Platform shoes can come in both wedge or heel styles.
What are flatforms?
Flatforms are the comfier and lower version of platform shoes and sandals. They have a thick level sole that runs the length of the shoe. I’m more of a fan of platform heels than flatforms as I like the extra height as flatforms only give you an extra inch or 2. Although they are a comfier and sturdier sole for running errands and walking.
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