Why and How You Should Wear Platforms This Spring

Neil J. Rodgers Shoes Fall 2017
Neil J. Rodgers Sofia sandals for fall '17.
Courtesy Image.

If you’re thinking twice about wearing platform shoes, don’t fret, because we have some tips on why — and how — you should wear them.

First of all, just take a look at Sofia Vergara. The “Modern Family” actress is rarely seen on the red carpet not wearing a pair of platforms.

SAG Awards Red Carpet Joe Manganiello Sofia Vergara Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara at the 2017 SAG Awards. REX Shutterstock

She wears the style so much that it prompted celebrity stylist and footwear designer Neil J. Rodgers to name a shoe after her. His Sofia silhouette is, of course, a platform sandal.

“Platform sandals are fun. They give maximum height, a bold silhouette and, as long as the heel is chunky, a surprising amount of stability,” Rodgers told Footwear News, describing why it’s a great shoe of choice.

“[They] are a sexy style that can literally elevate your mood,” he added.

Neil J. Rodgers Shoes Fall 2017 Neil J. Rodgers Sofia sandals for fall ’17. Courtesy Image.

Lady Gaga is another fan of the platform. Though her idea of an elevated lift sometimes goes to the extreme, she’s been spotted in Brian Atwood platforms, which are an ideal height, on multiple occasions.

Lady Gaga Celebrity Statement Shoes August 2016 August 2016: Lady Gaga attended her friend Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday party wearing Brian Atwood heels and a Brandon Maxwell dress. REX Shutterstock.

Wearing a platform heel gives you added length and better posture, and can slim an overall look.

saoirse-ronan Saoirse Ronan donned metallic Giuseppe Zanotti platforms at the 2016 EE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards. REX Shutterstock

And while you may not be attending a red carpet anytime soon, Rodgers says it’s best to wear the shoes in the evening, to a party or event.

He said, “The heavy look of a platform is a great juxtaposition to super-light, flowing fabrics and pleats. Wearing chic platforms with a short dress feels like more of a statement, if you’re feeling bold.”

One style Rodgers says to avoid: “Top-to-toe bodycon looks with platforms that are visible (fine if the look is floor length), as this can appear bottom-heavy.”

With the platform primed to be the go-to sandal more than ever before, more brands are seeing success with their platform styles.

During awards season, Sophia Webster told FN that her new designs, including the Natalia Crystal Platform and the Effie Crystal Platform, were popular among celebrities. Scarlett Johansson was recently spotted in the Effie.

Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson at the “Ghost in the Shell” film premiere, wearing Sophia Webster Effie Platform Pin sandals. REX Shutterstock.

Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, buying and creative director at Kurt Geiger, also told us that the label’s platform shoes sell well with customers, especially those needing shoes for floor-length gowns.

Said Rodgers: “It’s a style that women cherish, and so anytime the style has a renaissance, they are always eagerly received.”

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