From Ancient Greece to the red carpet, platform shoes have come a long way. Platforms have been around for centuries, but the modern version of the shoe didn’t arrive until the 1930s, and their defining era came in the late ’60s and ’70s.
Different iterations of the platform were released throughout the ’80s, ’90s and into the millennium (those ultra-chunky foam platform sandals ruled the early ’00s). Technically, platforms never went away, but they’re seeing a resurgence on the runways and on the feet of your favorite celebrities.
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Lady Gaga has been wearing platforms her entire career, but she’s not the only star who’s not afraid of heights. Earlier this month, Anne Hathaway and Ariana DeBose channeled the Barbiecore trend in hot-pink Valentino platforms and mini-dresses at the designer’s couture show in Italy, while Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Normani, Halsey and, of course, Spice Girls, KISS, Mick Jagger and late rockers like David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix have all rocked platforms.
If you’ve been thinking about taking your shoe game to new heights, we have a treat for you. Below, find a list of affordable platform heels, platform boots, platform sandals and more platforms in different styles, colors and price points that you can sport for summer and beyond.
Steve Madden Charlize Satin Platform
Pretty in pink! Steve Madden’s Charlize Pink Satin Platforms are a cost-friendly alternative to the popular Valentino platform pumps ($1,500) and the Versace Medusa Sandals ($1,575) worn by Queen Bey, Anne Hathaway, Zendaya, Ariana Grande and others stars. Steve Madden’s Charlize Pink Satin Platform is available in black and pink, in sizes ranging from 5-11. They’re on backorder at Steve Madden, but you can find them at retailers such as Bloomingdales and Dillards. You can also find a $60 version of the shoe on Amazon.
Eldof Women's Round Toe Platform Pumps
If you prefer a Mary Jane style, you can get these platform pumps in patent leather or matte leather. And there are tons of colors to choose from, including yellow, red, black, white, pink, green, leopard print and blue.
Steve Madden Trixie Multi Platform
Need an eye-catching print? Steve Madden’s Trixie Multi-Colored Platforms will do the trick. The retro-style shoe features a ’90s print in cool metallic material, a 5.75-inch block heel and a 2-inch platform. The platforms are available in solid colors like green, black, blue, orange and white, as well as prints such as blue and white, pink and white, and orange and white, and a dazzling rhinestone design.
Hot Topic Burgundy Velvet Platform Booties
Hot Topic’s Daisy Lace-Up Platform Boots are sold out, but these velvet booties are available in multiple sizes — and they’re on sale for $64. The lace-up booties feature a nearly 5-inch heel with a 2.5-inch platform and are currently available in sizes ranging from 5-11 . If you’d rather rock a black shoe, try the Stomp You Out Platform Boot, which is on sale for $59.92 (regular $74.90).
Schutz Yanna Platform Sandal
For a chunky-strappy sandal style, look no further than these chic platforms, which are on sale for $90 during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The retro-style sandal features a 5-inch heel with a 1 1/2-inch platform, a delicate leather strap at the toe and a secure ankle strap.
Buy: $55.20 at Nordstrom.com.
Faux Leather Slip On Mule Platforms
On a budget? These faux leather slip on mules are $25 at Nasty Gal. The shoes feature a slip-on design with square toe, block heel, platform sole, and are available in sizes 5-10. Other options that you can find for less than $40 include these Black Pu Square Toe Platform Mules ($31) from Pretty Little Thing, and these chunky platform sandals ($24.75 at ASOS).
Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor High Top Platform Sneaker
Can’t forget about platform sneakers! For a limited time, shoppers can save up to $35 on the Chuck Taylor All-Star High-Top Platform Sneaker. The shoes are on sale at Nordstrom in certain colors and range from $75-$110. You can also find them on sale at Nordstrom Rack starting at around $43. Click here for more platform sneaker options.
Martha White Double Platform Block Heel Ankle Boots
$60 (with code: LITTLEMISSDISCOUNT)
A white, block-heel platform will help you channel the ’60s mod look. These boots from Simmi London offer a double platform, inside zipper, with a 5.25-inch block heel. The boots are available in black, white or blue.
ASOS Kathleen Over-the-Knee Platform Boot
Want to go even higher? Try out a pair of over-the-knee platform boots. The zipper-style, square toe, pull-on boot has a 4.5-inch heel and side zip fastening.
Buy: $85 at ASOS.com.
Jessica Simpson Annalyn Platform Sandal
The Annalyn Platform Sandal from Jessica Simpson is a nice option to rock with your summer wardrobe. For those who don’t want to go too high, the sandal has a 3.5-inch heel with a woven upper design and transparent side panels.
Versace La Medusa Platform Fisherman Sandal
If you can afford to splurge, Versace’s La Medusa Platform Fisherman Sandal is 60% off at Nordstrom during the retailer’s annual Anniversary Sale. The classic fisherman sandal design is updated with an head-turning, double-platform and towering heel. The shoes are flying off sales, but Nordstom has other Versace platforms on sale like the Platform Wedge Sandal ($735) and the Medusa Music Platform Slide Sandal ($810).