The Controversial Shoe Trend That's Suddenly Everywhere

Kristen Nichols
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This summer, sandals have one main thing in common: platform bottoms. While platform shoes might immediately conjure a ’70s high heel destined for an elaborate party, the ones we’re seeing right now are a whole new take on the throwback shoes. This time around, designers are using everything from flip-flops to sporty utility sandals as a starting point but updating them with thick, cushioned soles. With a return to comfort, it’s no surprise that the shoe style has taken off since they’re equal parts practical and chic.

While the shoes aren’t universally loved, the controversial platforms have taken off as one of the biggest trends of the season. Paired with everything from long, flowy dresses to Bermuda shorts to colorful, printed socks and denim, the versatile sandals are the piece you’ll spot in every fashion person’s closet. Here, find some inspiration for how to wear the trend.


Flip-flops seem to get a makeover each summer, and this time around, platforms are the fashion person–approved favorite.

Havaianas High Light Wedge Flip Flops ($32)

These ones from The Row are sold out practically everywhere.

The Row Ginza Sandals ($690)

I love the contrasting colors of this black and white pair

ATP Atelier Melitto Leather Flatform Sandals ($287)


These Chanel leather sport sandals are practically defining summer 2020 style.

Chanel Dad Sandals ($2545)

Go for the OG version with a pair from Teva.

Teva Flatform Universal Sandal ($65)

I want to repeat this entire outfit immediately.

Porte & Paire Leather Sandals ($250)


Slides in platform versions are also popping up everywhere.

Birkenstock Gizeh Platform Sandals ($125)

They’re the perfect pairing to a slip dress.

3.1 Phillip Lim Freida Platform Double Buckle Slides ($595)

But look equally chic with a pair of Bermuda shorts.

Dr. Martens Blaire Slide Sandals ($90)

Ready to swap out your heels yet?

Co Croc-Effect Leather Slides ($179)


Finally, strappy sandals are another take on the trend, including this subtle platform.

Ancient Greek Sandals Dimitra Comfort Sandals ($240)

Where comfort meets chic.

ATP Atelier Maremma Sandals ($350)

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