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Larger Than Life Platforms

20th February 2022

WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELINA ILMAST

Trend alert – Bigger is better in these larger-than-life party stompers. These are they styles trending hard this season.

versace medusa platform shoes
versace platform satin shoes
versace platform shoes

Versace 115mm platform satin pumps

One of last year’s breakout trends, platforms are fast becoming the new decade’s good-time shoe of choice. It’s 2022 and the sky’s the limit with towering heels and stacked soles from Versace, Valentino and Aquazzura. Granted, platforms have featured heavily in designer collections for many years – from boho to gothic and disco to punk. The ‘90s was defined by Spice Girl-inspired platform heels and Naomi Campbell taking a tumble on the Vivienne Westwood runway in a pair of Ghillie platforms. The ‘00s hailed the rise (and fall) of what have been termed ‘stripper shoes’ – think The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Paris Hilton in a pair of 6-inch stacked Louboutins. Things have moved on a bit since then. Now, it’s a case of taking your pick as designers have embraced this statement style in all its diverse glory. From poptastic pink mules to towering platform wedges, stacked heels are back on. Here are some of our favourites. 

BRATZ DOLL PUMPS
Candy colours, insanely high heels and shapes that look like they belong on a Bratz doll, that is the general idea. The resurgence of Y2K trends has led to kitschy platforms taking centre stage this season. You’ll either love or loathe them, but they are guaranteed to not go unnoticed. From Versace’s wide range of satin platforms to Valentino’s patent doll-like pumps, the question is – are they fashion sin or fashion gold? You decide.

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versace platform shoes
versace platform shoes
versace satin platform shoes

MEGA WEDGES 
Manga-inspired foam flatforms and stacked soles that give way more than 5 extra inches, these wedge platforms offers a slightly more everyday-alternative to the trending shoe. Dries Van Noten ticks all the boxes with their seasonal sandals, combining a playful quirkiness with a high-fashion edge. Look to Gucci for wearable logo sandals and Versace for sweet but hefty flatforms.

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DISCO FEVER 
From eye-wateringly high heels to sparkling ankle-strap sandals, this season’s offering of party platforms is a fantasy take on the shoes you once dreamt of wearing to the school disco. Look for ‘70s-inspired silhouettes at Paris Texas and Versace, or for the metallic showstoppers by Aquazurra and Christian Louboutin. The more extra, the better.

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