Two important factors come into play when purchasing new shoes—comfort and style. And when you find a pair that checks off both of those boxes, well, then you've got yourself a winner. Sneakers are an obvious contender, but come warm weather, it's time to let your feet breathe and slip into something a bit airier. And while there is certainly an abundance of walking-friendly sandals on the market, there's something particularly eye-catching about platform sandals.
Soaring high with two- to five-inch heels, platforms are the perfect way to add some height (and elongate your legs) without having to sacrifice comfort or style. Plus, the thick soles and supportive platforms are far more practical (not to mention safe) than thin-heeled stilettos, especially while walking around the city. Plus, in short, the thick-heeled shoes, which come in a variety of styles, always look cool. Just take a look at some of the best platform sandal outfits below (and of course, shop a pair or two for yourself.) You'll be soaring high—pain-free, of course.
Opt for loose-fitting linen pants, a fitted top, and a pair of Teva-esque platform sandals for a look that's equal parts chic and comfy.
Available in sizes S to L.
We always love espadrille platforms, especially paired with a refined blazer.
Available in sizes 6.5 to 11.
Trust us: Platform sandals will never not look good with a flowy summer dress.
Available in sizes 36 to 38.
Velvet (or satin) platform sandals? Perfect for a dressier day-to-night outfit.
Available in Italian sizes 36 to 41.
Baggy jorts and platform slides? Cool-girl chic at its finest.
Embellished platforms are a great way to add an eye-catching element to any look.
Available in sizes 38.5 and 39.
Some more toned-down platform sandals are perfect for a day of shopping and exploring.
Suit it up. Opt for super-fun platform heels to add a touch of playfulness to a more refined ensemble.
Available in sizes 36 to 40.
You can never go wrong with this outfit pairing.
Available in sizes 6 to 8.
How cool are these wooden heeled platform sandals?
Next up, shop summer sundresses to pair with your new platforms.