Chicer than you think: a beginner’s guide to platform sneakers

9.19.2018

By Rebekah Swank

Gone are the days of butterfly clips, purple glitter lip gloss and gaucho pants…or are they? There’s a new trend making all of our suppressed Spice Girls dreams come true, and it’s one people pretend to hate: the “ugly” platform sneaker. You might have heard them called “Dad shoes,” “space-age trainers,” “chunky commuters,” the list of nicknames and insults goes on.

You’ve probably seen this style on Instagram more than you have in real life, and that’s because most people are terrified of these monstrously bold shoes. This trend hasn’t been adopted and embraced by Instagram famous teens and sorority girls. These shoes make a statement. They aren’t for the faint of heart. And they’re expensive AF. (I don’t know about you all, but I don’t have $895 for a pair of Balenciaga Colorblocked Washed Triple Sneakers.) That’s all valid rationale for leaving this trend behind.

However you feel about these shoes, you can’t deny their versatility. These sneakers can be paired with high-waisted mom jeans and a blazer for coffee with your pals, or a midi dress for a day at the office. The fashion world has been making a transition to more comfortable styles with the introduction of athleisure and athluxury markets, so this trend is here to stay.

If you’re looking to explore this trend or increase the number of statement pieces in your closet, here are some semi-affordable options to start your sky-high sneaker collection.

Disruptor II Premium Sneaker, $64.99

This is the perfect platform to ease you into this trend. C’mon, dip your toe in the water with some good old FILA Distributors.

 

Nike Air Max 95 SE Glitter, $170

Hello? It’s the shoes you would have killed for in second grade. They want to chat with you.

 

Thick Soled Sneakers, $69.90

Unsurprisingly, Zara is on top of this trend, handing us something stylish and inexpensive. We don’t deserve you, Z.

 

Ciara Chunky Trainers, $65

Lisa Frank meets sneakers in these metallic works of art. I have a feeling Sporty Spice would give these shoes two thumbs up.

 

ASOS DESIGN Denial Chunky Sneakers, $72

With these leopard print babies on your feet, there’s no telling how much fun you’ll have.

 

Steve Madden Current Leather Sneaker, $103

These sneakers give you the best of both worlds with a subtle print and a pop of color.

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