What are some important factors you typically consider when purchasing a new pair of shoes? One thing we place heavy value on is, of course, the style. Are they trendy and easy to wear? Do they pair with the wardrobe staples we already own? Perfect. But that's not the only criterion we have to check off before scooping them up. While style is of value, comfort is the true selling point, if you will. And one shoe style that pretty consistently ticks both boxes? Platform heels.
Platform heels are, as the name suggests, designed with a thick platform toe box that raises the balls of your feet and helps with the height differential between the front and back of your foot. In other words, they tend to be more comfortable, because when the front of your foot is slightly raised from the ground, the added heel height (not to mention the arch pressure) isn't quite as extreme as on flat-soled shoes. But that's not all. There are so many different styles of platform heels available for purchase, so whether you prefer something simple and black or feisty and animal-printed, you'll find a pair to suit your taste.
Best of all? Platform heels are completely seasonless, so they're certainly an investment piece that will get a lot of wear throughout the year. Right now, style the shoe sans socks. Then, once the temperatures drop, transition it into fall by pairing it with wool, cotton, or nylon socks (or tights). Because regardless of what you've heard about teaming socks with sandals, it's a smart way to make your summertime footwear (especially platform heels) work in the cooler months. Ready to see the best platform heels for fall? Then read on to shop our edit below.
An easy way to rock animal print this fall.
Available in sizes IT40.
Wear these with cute white socks.
Available in sizes IT35 to IT42.
Go for a cool, closed-toe platform pump.
Available in sizes IT37 to IT42.
These platform slides give off serious '70s retro vibes.
Available in sizes IT36 to IT42.
A classic pair you'll get a lot of use out of—trust us.
Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.5.
Yes, you can still wear espadrille pumps in the fall.
Available in sizes 36 to 40.
Pair these platform heels with bright socks this autumn.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Red platform heels are a must-have.
Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.5.
Check these out.
Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.
Office-ready platform heels to pair with your power suit.
Available in sizes IT36.5 to IT41.
These would look so cool paired with an LBD.
Available in size 10.5.
These are almost sold out, so scoop them up—stat.
Available in size 38.
Glitter-covered block heels? Sold.
Available in sizes 37.5 to 40.
An easy way to add a pop of color to your outfit.
Available in sizes 35.
Platforms covered in cherries—need we say more?
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Step back into the '90s with these classic Nine West platform heels.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
A sleek satin pair that's perfect for fall.
Available in sizes 5 to 12.
When you're just not ready for summer to be over yet.
Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
Soft pink velvet pairs with everything.
Available in size IT41.
How cute are these poppy-yellow platforms?
Available in sizes IT36 to IT41.
We're loving these spotted platform heels.
Available in size 6.
How cool are these?
Available in sizes 6.5 to 11.
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