The Controversial Shoe Trend That's Suddenly Everywhere

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

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

This style from The Row is sold out practically everywhere.

More proof that the platform flip-flop is one of the most coveted shoes this summer.

I love the contrasting colors of this black and white pair

Sporty

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

Go for the OG version with a pair from Teva.

I want to repeat this entire outfit immediately.

Where comfort meets cool.

Slides

These Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock shoes are topping my shopping list.

Slides in platform versions are also popping up everywhere.

They’re the perfect pairing to a slip dress.

But look equally chic with a pair of Bermuda shorts.

Ready to swap out your heels yet?

Strappy

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

Where comfort meets chic.

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