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How to Wear Platform Shoes

For a modern preppy vibe, style a pair of platform loafers with tailored shorts and a cute sweater. An oversized jacket is a fashion-forward finish.

Platforms Are the Nostalgic Shoe Trend We're So Excited to Wear in 2020

We can't get enough of nostalgic '90s trends right now, and platform shoes are a throwback accessory we're superexcited about for 2020. Designers from Miu Miu to Saint Laurent and Prada made strong cases for the platform shoe trend in their Spring and Summer collections. Supped-up loafers, chunky espadrilles, and high, high heels made many an appearance on the runway, and now, they have taken over the street-style scene. When surveying the most stylish outfits on fashion influencers, editors, buyers, and stylists throughout fashion month from New York to Paris, it became clear to us that platform shoes are big for 2020. So, naturally, we're here to share some of our favorites with you as a how-to guide on wearing platforms right now.

Whether your aesthetic skews classic, minimalist, sporty, feminine, or ebbs and flows depending on your mood, there's a platform shoe that can totally work for you. If comfort is always key for you, we love the look of a chunky loafer or platform sneaker with jeans, a shorts suit, or even a dress. Bonus points if you opt for a pair of socks pulled up for quirky-chic style. If you routinely wear heels, sky-high sandals and flatform espadrilles are two of our favorite looks with Summer staples like sundresses, skirts, and lightweight separates. If you're going for more of a demure or buttoned-up look, we're totally here for closed-toe Mary Janes and heeled loafers. Love a '90s-inspired outfit? Platform boots (ideally with a square toe), lug-sole stompers like a combat boot or chunky sandal with buckles, and superthick slides fully channel the mood. For those into whimsical touches, a platform adorned with daisies or printed with polka dots is a superfun way to liven up an outfit, especially one rooted in basics.

For a visual on how to wear platforms in 2020, keep scrolling for stylish outfit ideas courtesy of the street-style scene. Plus, shop our favorite platform shoes, ranging from supersky-high to lower, easier-to-wear versions.

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