By Nicole Zane
The so-called “ugly” footwear trend has been en vogue for years now, whether it the form of chunky dad sneakers or clunky moto boots. What’s the summer equivalent? Platform sandals.
These elevated shoes may look intimidating to the blind eye, especially after a long year of comfort trumping high style. But, in reality, they provide much-needed support for running around town or standing on your feet during an hours-long event, all while adding a little lift in the process.
In fact, coveted luxury labels like Versace, Amina Muaddi, The Attico and Bottega Veneta all displayed fresh interpretations for their Summer 2021 collections. Contemporary brands such as Steve Madden, Sam Edelman and Jeffrey Campbell have taken note of the style’s growing popularity and released their own chic yet affordable versions.
Lucky for you, we searched the Internet far and wide for standout platform sandals of the season. They come in all shapes and sizes, including sky-high looks and versatile offerings that add an inch or two to your frame. And to ensure you don’t spend a small fortune, they’re all under $300.
From flirty espadrilles to sporty slip-ons and disco-ready designs fit for a diva, shop our 16 favorite platform sandals below.
Larroude Miso Platform Sandals
Don’t let the 3.5-inch lift on Larroude’s Miso Platform Sandals steer you away. They also feature a memory foam cushioned insole that’ll keep feet ultra comfortable.