If you want to get *really* high on heels then there’s a simple answer: platforms! Combined with a high heel, a platform can add many inches of height but without the pain from a really high spike stiletto.
The key to these awesome leather ankle-strap stilettos is indeed in the platform. While the heel is 7.9 inches high, a 2.4 inch platform makes a net rise of a manageable 5.5 inches.
The platforms featured here are available right now at Milanoo via this link.
Platforms are just fine with celebrity socialite Paris Hilton who is a devotee of the stepped-up look, and the comfort that platforms bring. Paris has confessed her love for platforms on her official website, saying:
I love front platforms. The trend is amazing because it makes shoes more comfortable while keeping the height to make your legs look longer and leaner.
But not everyone is a fan of platforms. Those who are against the trend even include legendary high heels designer Manolo Blahnik. Manolo once confessed that he “can’t stand platforms.”
Judging by the number of platforms on the market though, Manolo might be alone in thinking that.
If your must have list for shoes includes a super high platform, skinny heel and ideally, a splash of animal print, these instant classics may just have found their way into your heart. New in from cult online brand Missguided, these street style beauties have Friday night dancing and Saturday night partying written all over them. Made for the dance floor, the leggy lovelies boast a super sultry black snakeskin with chic crossover ankle strap, a knockout 6” heel and a 2” platform. £29.99 from Missguided.co.uk.
If there’s one thing every Friday and Saturday night outfit needs, it’s a healthy dose of animal magic. In brown leopard print pony skin, these caramel-toned, pointy toe platforms are pretty and practical – in other words easily a weekend essential. While the statement print will add an eye-catching element to any disco ready ensemble, the pointy tow and 13.5cm chunky heel adds a real street star style to the look. We reckon they can be effortlessly incorporated into the tricky trans-seasonal wardrobe to, paired with cute a line minis when it’s warm enough for bare legs and thick tights when winter sets in. £70.00 from RiverIsland.com.
Sporty chic hits the style radar just once every few years and with a more laid back, grungy aesthetic now in vogue, there’s never been a better time to try on the trend. These chunky sole platforms just in at Topshop are the perfect starting point with an easy-on-the-feet 4 inch heel and super sturdy, chunky contours. Made from white leather with a cleated sole, they are almost a blank canvas for the rest of your look. The only question is, how would you wear them? £46.00 from Topshop.com.
There is something very retro cool about a stacked wooden heel, harking back to the glamourpuss sirens of the 60s and 70s. These rose gold slingbacks with a chunky wooden stacked heel follow in the very same fashionable footsteps. Oozing style and sparkle, the sling back platforms are party shoes made for nights on the dance floor. The metallic finish and 16.5 cm heel means all eyes will be on you! £70.00 from RiverIsland.com
Sublime sassiness meets snakeskin cool in these bombshell cut out Dasia boots by Brit brand, Missguided. Described by the designer as classic with a twist, the show stopping platform beauties sport a faux suede finish which adds a touch of luxe and a huge 6.2” heel.
Made wearable by a 1.6” platform, they are downtown drama with an uptown polish. Thanks to the grey heel and neutral tones, they’re fashion forward yet versatile. Expect them to sail just as easily through summer dressing as winter warmers. £39.99 from MissGuided.co.uk
If you’re hankering after some beautiful flowers to liven up the week, these totally tropi-cool floral platforms could be just the ticket. With floral being one of those trends that comes around every year, these hot printed peep toes are – it could easily be argued – an investment buy.
The statement pattern is set to a sunny orange backdrop, meaning they’ll work just as well with a chic monochrome or all white ensemble as the statement piece or add some edge in a print and color clash statement look. Bonus marks for the retro flower vibe that designers River Island suggest belongs on the dance floor. Features ankle strap and chunky 15 cm heel. £55.00 from RiverIsland.com.
Whether you’re an incurable romantic or just crazy for prints, these heart stamped high heel platform sandals are a fun way to nod to the trend. With a chunky sole and towering 5.5” heel, the multi-colored sandals pack a huge retro cool hit.
With an open toe and look-at-me motif in a thoroughly modern mix of white, black and flashes of neon orange, they have a high-end appeal on a high street price tag. While open toes are generally summer shoes, we reckon these would look great with some transeasonal black tights to up the 60s vibe. The LILLI platform sandal is available now priced £55.00 from TopShop.com.