New shoes are arriving for spring. There are a few new trends showing up. Designers are pushing platfrom soles. Some have a seventies vibe or a forties vibe, and some are an extention of the obsession with combat boots and aggressive footwear. Will your new platforms be pumps, sneakers or sandals this spring, or is the look not for you? Choosing an interesting pair of shoes or sneakers is not always easy. There are so many different kinds available. Included below are also a few other hints of what’s to come later this season. Why not come on a tour of some of the stores in the New York. Let’s see if you can find your new platforms from some of the shoes featured in this column.
Prada moved on to spring with these lace-ups. The soles are taken from a boot Miuccia did for fall. The platform soles resemble Venetian chopines of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Versace loves platforms too. A loafer with a medusa or a baby-doll strapped shoe. Pastel colored shoes are also big this season.
Valentino is also on the platform sole baby-doll ankle strap trail.
Miu Miu makes some nice dressy shoes. This platform definately has the St, Laurent seventies does the forties inspiration that is strong this season.
These are real baby-doll platforms. Chloe does them with a rubber sole.
Dries Van Noten does his platforms with a Japanese vibe. These two styles really have some graceful heft.
Louboutain hikes up both pumps and boots with platforms that turn up on the toes. All the better to see the red soles.
This pair of platform pumps rocks even further back. You will rock and roll when you try to walk in these.
And if glitter is your thing, these platforms from Phillip Lim will make your night out better. These too borrow a bit from the St. Laurent collection from the seventies.
Sneakers get the platform treatment too. R13 adds little smiley faces to one of the shoe laces. The back zip is a nice detail too.
Chloe does a lower platform sneaker. Hand done mesh and embroidered details have a sweet look that looks right for this season.
Off-White does a hybrid sort-of-sneaker-sandal that looks comfortable and chic.
Balenciaga adds a hefty molded platform to these slip on brogues. An agressive look for spring.
Loewe offers a pale green, very simple platform boot. Nothing tricky, just a smooth lift for the season.
Clogs are a big trend this season, as are mules. The wooden platforms from Azzedine Alaia are a step forward for the brand.
Prada offers a clog that takes from loafers. Metal studs decorate the Alaia and Prada clogs.
These platform clogs are casual too. The hand sewn whip stitching is a nice accent. The small metal studs brighten the pair up.
Botega Veneta offers a duck-bill like pair of clogs. I am not a big fan of the kelly green that the previous Bottega designer loved, but the shape is interesting.
The baby-doll platforms have a high plastic sole, and leather uppers cut in a classic sandal style with the Prada triangular logo. The soles are rugged.
Sister brand Miu Miu uses the same sandal shape set on a tire-like plastic platform. A little too close for comfort to Prada?
Prada uses pretty much the same sole as the baby-dolls on a classic summer sandal. And this style is nice as it has no logo on it. You’s get a nice lift with these.
Platform wedge sandals have a tinge of seventies to them. The Valentino Rockstuds on each style make them very 2022.
These platform slide sandals from Dries Van Noten have a very Japanese feel to them. The ombre colored shoe is especially striking.
Even classic slides get the platform treatment, like this pair from Gucci.
Another choice if you like logos is this high slide with multiple Chloe’s on the straps.
Azzedine Alaia does a simple platform sandal with his signature lazer-cut straps. The top pair have a Birkenstock feel. The multiple studding toughens them up.
Marni updates their jeweled Fussbetts with some plastic platforms and some randomly sewn jewels. The clean lines and colors are a great choice for a summer sandal. Will you be adding some platforms to your collection this season?