We're nearly halfway through 2022, and one thing has become clear: This year's fashion is all about the drama. From so-called "serotonin dressing" to the prevalence of ultra-glam fabrics like chainmail and sequins, the style obsessed are going all out. And yes, that includes choosing the most in-your-face shoe trend of all: platform heels.
This trend kicked off with Versace showing a selection of colorful satin and leather versions on the runway at their Fall/Winter 2021 show. The shoes were immediately styled in real life by Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande, and then other brands like Valentino followed suit with similar options. Before long, just about every footwear brand was including platforms in their collections, and celebrities could not stop wearing them, either. Zendaya, for one, was spotted wearing a pair of hot-pink Valentino shoes at the brand's Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show in Paris earlier this year. Everyone's favorite Gen-Z songstress Olivia Rodrigo even wore a sky-high pair to the White House last year.
But it wasn't just the original square-toe options that rose to popularity. Platform heeled sandals—a red carpet mainstay over the last few years—began to crop up alongside chunky-heeled clogs and mules, too on the feet of Hollywood's latest slew of It-Girls. So too did platform mules, which offer a touch of grunge '90s style to even the most modern of outfits. If you want to get in on the trend, keep reading: I’ve broken down all the top trending styles and picked a few of the best platform heels in each category.
Miso Platform Sandal In Acqua Floral Knit
You have enough plain pairs of sandals—try the fancy, floral-printed pair instead!! This option from Larroude is so fun and are surprisingly versatile.
Dolly Sandal In Black Suede
If you're in need of a classic black pair of heels that won't leave your feet aching at the end of day, consider this pair from Larroude: They feature memory foam across the toe!