Lately, platform sandals became an essential item for hot summer days. Whether we are talking about fringes, flowers, lace, or different embellishments, next season we gain height and choose one pair of platform sandals designers had prepared for us for spring/summer 2011. Extremely tall, in a wide range of colors, from the classic ones to various prints and shades, invest in one trendy pair and you just have to wait for the sun and summer holiday spent at the seaside.

Besides their practical and versatile side, platform sandals play an extremely important aesthetic part being more than flattering for those of you who want to look taller and slimmer. Moreover, they represent the chic choice for an elegant summer outfit, especially if you choose a pair with high-heels. You can match them with different items from skirts and liberty printed dresses or jumpsuits to denim shirts and sophisticated pencil skirts and shirts. The only thing you should do is to find the perfect pair that flatters your silhouette and matches your personal style. Be careful as next season’s platforms have a dizzy height (Charles Anastase, Barbara Bui)!

Charles AnastaseBarbara Bui

VersusSonia Rykiel

Floral prints, fringes and other flirty embellishments were used by fashion designers in order to accessorize not only clothes, but platform sandals too. We have seen fun, playful platforms at D&G, Wunderkind, Christian Dior, and Blugirl. They come in so many beautiful colors with mesmerizing applications, such as romantic bows and sweet flowers. Wear them with a colored dress, but avoid a printed one and go for plain. If the platforms are very colorful, pick more soft, warm colors for your accessories in order to balance the overall look.

During the summer season what better way to boost your wardrobe than by choosing a footwear in a tasty, fruity colors. Therefore, daily heat and the mildness of summer nights allows you to stay comfortable in a pair of colorful platforms that you can wear with denim shorts or a breezy, flowy dress. Pay attention to the height and choose a pair that allows you to move freely and naturally, otherwise your posture will look rather weird. You have so many collections where to draw your inspiration from, such as Custo Barcelona, Betsey Johnson, Costume National, Blugirl, D&G, or Sonia Rykiel, among others.


BlugirlBetsey Johnson

Platform sandals are not only for a daytime, casual look, but they can also be worn to something more elegant. Whether it is made from satin or lace with feminine bows, or with a wooden sole, a pair of platform sandals elongates your legs, adding femininity and style to your appearance. Therefore, they are a smart investment for the warmer season. If you choose to match golden and nude you will certainly obtain a glamorous effect. For a night out with your friends, team your platforms with jeans and a sweet top. For different ideas take a look to collections such as Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ports 1961, or Stella McCartney.

If you are looking for something more refined, nude and powdered pink platform sandals are the perfect choice for a sophisticated look that instantaneously add style and elongate your silhouette, not only due to the height of the sandals, but also to their color. Flattering for the skin, wear them with soft, breezy fabrics for a stylish summer outfit. If you don’t have them already, add a pair to your spring/summer 2011 wardrobe and use your creativity to make feminine outfits. White, brown or black are also a great idea to take into consideration as they can be matched to everything and anything.

Marc by Marc JacobsDonna Karan

Dolce & GabbanaPorts 1961

For those of you who love to stand out through unique items, spring/summer 2011 comes with more special styles and shapes of platform sandals. Most of them should be very carefully accessorized as they represent themselves one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Besides, a new trend called flatforms appeared, which ingeniously combines wedges and flats. Another trend that seems to become more and more famous is the one matching sandals with socks. Next season makes no exception to this rule allowing you to smartly wear platforms sandals with a pair of socks.

ChanelZ-Spoke by Zac Posen

Phillip LimMichael Kors

Charlotte RonsonRodarte

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