The New Platforms: Easy Does It

What comes around goes around – and the platform sandal clearly isn’t going anywhere. Something that has changed for Spring (and it’s not just the fact that you’ll be seeing more and more slim, pointy toed, and lean-heeled pumps): the mood of the platform. It’s no longer harsh and severe, a look we’ve gotten used to the past few years, but easy and breezy, with a mellow pitch and a laid-back attitude right out of the Summer of Love.

Case and point: the latest from Chloé, Paloma Barcelo, and Céline. Their heels may show off some heft, but these are inviting, not intimidating.

Chloé’s rugged crisscross-strap platforms ($895) are a throwback to the brand’s classic aesthetic – and the carefree seventies, while Paloma’s ultra-affordable take ($307) on the woven wedge succeeds in making studs feel fresh. You probably didn’t think you could take fuchsia satin into daytime picnic-territory, right? That wasn’t until Céline took the opulent material into their effortless hands – not that you would want to risk getting grass stains on these lush ivory platforms!

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