If you love the added boost — but not the pain — of wearing high heels, platform sandals are a great alternative. They’ll give you extra height while providing the stability that a stiletto can’t offer. Not to mention, they’re a super-chic choice for summer.
What’s more, many styles today are equipped with cushioned footbeds and supportive straps to keep you comfortable.
Not sure exactly which pairs to buy? We’ve got you covered. From sporty flatform picks to elevated wedge styles, we’ve rounded up the best platform sandals to update your wardrobe this season. Read on to shop for them all.
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1. Teva Women's Flatform Universal Sandal
Whether worn to a music festival or a river rafting trip, these versatile sport sandals offer the best in comfort and style for all sorts of summer activities.
Pros: Teva’s platform sandal features bouncy cushioning not often found in many sandal styles, as well as hook-and-loop straps to help you get the perfect fit. The upper is made of a webbed polyester that’s water-friendly, quick-drying and extremely durable. The 2-inch platform is lightweight and features a grippy rubber outsole to keep you extra stable.
Cons: These tend to run big and may be too wide for people with narrow feet.
2. MVE Women's Platform Sandals
Complete with an espadrille-style base, these flatform sandals will add summery flair to any ensemble. They’re also 100% vegan, so you can feel even better about your purchase.
Pros: These sandals pair well with everything from jeans to dresses, and they come in a range of fun colors and prints including snakeskin. As far as comfort is concerned, they feature a moderate 2.5-inch heel and supportive ankle strap to keep feet locked in. Above the woven base, they also include a slightly elevated sole to match the natural shape of your foot.
Cons: This style lacks arch support, so it may not be ideal for extended wear.
3. Blowfish Malibu Women's Hapuku Wedge Sandal
You’d expect a wedge of this height to illicit the “beauty is pain” mantra, but this option from Blowfish is surprisingly plush and supportive.
Pros: In addition to featuring a cushioned footbed, the style also includes a velcro hook and loop ankle strap for easy adjustments. The sandals are set atop a chic 3.25-inch cork platform for maximum leg-lengthening effects. Despite its sizable platform, though, the shoes are extremely lightweight — so they won’t weigh down your feet or suitcase. They’re available in 11 hues ranging from muted to metallic.
Cons: These tend to run small.