Spring Summer 2012 Trend: Platform Sandals

by Anna Villaruel
(Seoul, South Korea)

April 18, 2012: Platform sandals have been reinvented season after season, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re back and are fiercer than ever this Spring & Summer 2012! This 70s “outrageous” shoe style is a fabulous statement accessory that can really lift up your outfit and give it instant chic factor.


Courtesy of Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week

I may be biased but I think platform ankle booties and high heel shoes, blow the traditional sandals out of the water! They’re comfier (which means petites can reach newer heights with less pain) and are super-stylish. They add a punch of drama – but you can also find them in a gazillion of styles in both conservative “dipping your toe” and too-hot-to-handle versions.

What exactly is a platform sandal?

The sole is thick, often from half an inch and up. It lessens foot soreness by giving the sole and heel of your feet a lower curve. So you don’t have to badly arch your ankles in high heel sandals.

Now, here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a pair of great-looking and comfortable platform sandals:
Material

If you want to be able to walk in them all day (or at least half the day) then you might want to look into cork. Why? Because cork is more shock absorbing than harder shoe sandal materials such as wood and hard plastic. During my summer vacation in South Korea, I could walk in my 2" cork wedge sandals the whole day without ending up with sore feet!

Your body shape

If you want to balance out your body shape and create a slimmer silhouette, then selecting the right sandal style is crucial. The first thing you need to do is determine your body shape - and decide if you have a bottom or top-heavy body figure. The less prominent your lower body is thus trendier and eye-popping sandal styles work well with your body figure. And the more prominent your lower body is thus simpler the sandal style.

Basically, if you have slim legs and hips; or you simply want to create more curves on your body frame – then you’ll benefit from platform sandals in bright colors and with eye-catching details such as beads, buckles and plenty of straps.

However, if you have a bottom-heavy body – look for sandals in sleeker and simpler styles, like for example neutral black, brown and nudes with minimal details. Or try combining the sandals with a bottom garment similar to its color to let them blend in and avoid shortening your legs. Nudes matching your skin tone is a strategic choice to really lengthen your legs and slim down your lower body.

The size of your legs


I would like to emphasize that many platform sandal styles look best on average to muscular/full legs/ankles. That’s because if you think scale-like, placing a huge block next to a pair of dainty legs will make the legs look even smaller and more fragile – which can mess up your silhouette proportions. And this is especially true if you’re petite or have an Inverted Triangle or Apple body shape.

If you do happen to have slim legs then look for the thinnest version of the platform sandal with a slimmer sole and heel. If you insist and you have the right attitude and personality to go with, put 'em on and you'll rock them anyway!

Color

The up-to-date platform sandal styles for this new season are in neutral and pastel shades, buttery soft leather, cork wedge heel, floral prints and tribal themes. I always recommend securing at least one pair in a neutral but if you want a pop of color or inject a festive texture to your outfit then add a second or third pair in one of this springtime's color trends such as yellow, coral, bold blue and mint green.

Have fun with prints and color-blocking


Floral and tribal prints are timeless too if you consider their striking re-appearance every spring - however the downside is that they are less flexible in outfit combinations. Print sandals can inject a funky surprise element to a basic outfit but if you want to go for an eclectic look - try print mixing. Color sandals are great for color-blocking and also for creating a fun fashion statement with your plain outfits.

Arch/Heel height

A high arch can result in aching feet in just a couple of hours. If you’re planning on wearing the sandals the whole day/night, go for a shorter arch to lessen heel soreness.

Your choice of heel height depends on what you’re comfortable with. If you rarely wear high heels but want to dip your toes in platform sandals or just want that much-wanted height – look for sandals with at least a 2" heel. This is enough height to raise your body length and shape up your calves without causing major discomfort. A 2" heel is also very versatile – appropriate for both casual and dressy occasions.

Are they comfortable?


Although platform sandals tend to be comfortable because of the smoother arch, you may want to try them on to really feel what it might be like to wear them for a few hours. Trying them out won’t guarantee that your feet will be sore-free at the end of the day, but at least you’ll get a sense of how they feel against the soles of your feet.

If you’re buying platform sandals on the Internet, then I highly suggest you to purchase from return-friendly sites such as Zappos, Endless and Heels.

Click here for more tips on how to buy shoes that fit and look great on you


Top Picks:


Neutral platform sandals for spring summer 2012
Product info: (left to right) Nude pink pumps - Snake print pumps


Floral and red platform sandals for spring summer 2012
Product info: (left to right) Coral pumps - Floral wedge sandals

 

Bright blue stiletto platform sandals for spring summer 2012
Product info: (left to right) Blue stilettos - Mint green wedge sandals



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