A Platform-Shoe Renaissance Is About to Happen, and I'm Here for it

As we look ahead to the future of fashion, the S/S 21 couture and F/W 21 runways are predicting some major trends that are about to unfold. Many of them, such as party fashion and saturated shades, are a step away from comfort dressing and really bringing on the fun. Another item to add to your future shopping list? Platform shoes.

Spotted in the collections of designers including Versace, Valentino, and Erdem (to name a few), platforms are really taking hold as a key trend for the coming year, with everything from tall, strappy heels to flatform-style shoes in the mix. Fashion insiders are already early adopters, adding approachable puffy slides, ski-high heels, and more iterations to their latest outfits. Ahead, see the coolest versions from the runways and the Instagram fashion scene to inspire your future shoe wardrobe.

On the Runway

Between the S/S 21 couture and the F/W 21 collections, it's impossible to ignore the rising platform-shoe trend. A departure from the practical house shoes that have ruled the fashion scene over the last year, this trend marks a return to fun in fashion, which this editor is very ready for.


Courtesy of Valentino

Pictured: Valentino S/S 21 couture

Take a styling cue from Valentino and wear a cool gold pair.

Platform shoe trend


Courtesy of Schiaparelli

Pictured: Schiaparelli F/W 21

These shoes from Staud are a cool, wearable way to interpret Schiaparelli's super-tall platforms.

Same goes for this Balenciaga pair.

Platform shoe trend: Versace


Courtesy of Versace

Pictured: Versace F/W 21

Style these with printed tights to interpret the runway looks from Versace.

I'm just going to stare at these Saint Laurent beauties.

Platform shoe trend F/W 21


Courtesy of Melitta Baumeister

Pictured: Melitta Baumeister F/W 21

These are a cult favorite among the fashion set.

The perfect summer sandals if you ask me.

Platform shoe trend: Erdem


Courtesy of Erdem

Pictured: Erdem F/W 21

Wear these with a knit set like the one above spotted at Erdem.

On the Fashion Set

We can always rely on fashion insiders to be early adopters of the coolest future trends, and that certainly includes the platform shoes that are about to be everywhere. If you're ready to add them to your shoe collection, look for styles like platform flip-flops, slides, strappy sandals, and sky-high heels.

Platform shoe trend: Amina Muaddi



Anything Amina Muaddi designs is instantly loved by fashion insiders.

And honestly, the same can be said about all things Jacquemus.

Platform shoe trend: Hailey Bieber



Hailey Bieber was spotted in the platform slides that have gone viral.

Platform shoe trend: fashion insiders



I love this strappy take on the flatform.

Platform shoe trend: flip flops



Platform flip-flops have been a fashion-insider favorite since last summer and only seem to be getting more popular.

The satin finish makes these the perfect dressy pair.

Yep, these just jumped to the top of my summer shopping list.