The best platform sandals
The best platform sandals

Well-heeled: The best platform sandals for stepping out in style this season

23 May 2024 | |By Luxury London

Stratospheric sandals to put some pep in your step this summer

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Don’t get us wrong, we love a slinky stiletto, and it’s hard to beat a boot (when the occasion calls for it), but there’s only one shoe silhouette we’re lusting over this season: the platform sandal. A hero style of days gone by – they swept through Studio 54 in the Seventies, were a favourite of the Spice Girls in the Nineties and have seen multiple red-carpet and runway resurgences over the last 20 years – platform sandals are back this season with a bang (though they never really went anywhere) and there’s only one rule: bigger is better.

This season, designers have been stacking up the height with flatform slippers, platform mules, and even a platform clogs in the mix on the runways at brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Chanel and more. So whatever your plans this summer, you’re sure to find a pair to fit the occasion. Here’s our pick of the best platform sandals.

Christian Louboutin Movida Mary Jane pumps 

This timeless Louboutin pair packs a proper punch, thanks to bold lines and sky-high heels. Crafted from calfskin, with an elegant ankle strap for support and accented with the brand’s signature crimson sole, the Movida Mary Jane pumps are sure to make a statement wherever you strut.

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D’Accori Belle platform sandals

D’Accori’s stratospheric Belle sandals are a true cult favourite. Rendered in shimmering apple green leather, with an architectural heel and buckled slingback straps, they embody the outrageous, more-is-more vibes this summer’s social calendar is screaming for.

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Dries Van Noten Leather platform sandals

Belgian brand Dries Van Noten takes a more minimalist approach with its chunky tan wedge sandals. Offset with padded double straps for a sculpted finish, these statement flatforms are the ideal pair to take you from brunch to bar. 

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Gucci horsebit mules

Gucci’s iconic horsebit loafers have been a mainstay for the brand and a cult item for fashion fans worldwide. This quirky rendition sees the equestrian-themed motif reworked on a platform mule-cum-clog in supple black leather.

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Nodaleto crossover-strap platform sandals

Nodaleto’s clean, modernist lines and painstaking minimalism have become a firm favourite of the fashion set. Inspired by 1970s architecture with a mid-height heel and crossover straps, these lilac platforms will be a surefire warm weather go-to.

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Paris Texas platform heeled pumps

Crafted in Italy from a shimmery purple leather, Paris Texas’s platform heeled pumps are a summertime staple in the making. Pair with light-wash jeans and a simple white tee for an easy daytime look, or with a micro-mini sundress and supersized sunglasses for drinks and dancing at the beach club.

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Saint Laurent Bianca 85 platform leather sandals

Saint Laurent’s monochrome pair epitomises the brand’s trademark blend of elegant design and retro glamour. Inspired by the inimitable style of actress Bianca Jagger, we’ll be channelling Studio 54 style whenever we step into these statement-making sandals.

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Giuseppe Zanotti Bebe platform pumps

Striking, tall and just plain sexy, Giuseppe Zanotti’s Bebe platform pumps are the high-octane accessory we never knew we needed. Made from supple calfskin leather with an iridescent heel, this fun pair will have you heading straight to the disco. See you on the dancefloor.

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