platform slides and sandals

The Case For Platform Sandals & Our Fav Pairs

As with all things, our interest in platform sandals—or platform slides depending on your taxonomy of platform shoes—began innocently. First, it was seeing those Gucci platform slides on one of our favourite colour-blocking Instagram fashion gals, Maxine Wylde. Their unashamed retro cuteness and adjacence to a time when jelly shoes were really considered a great everyday footwear choice just really endear them to us. With the bucket hat and cow print pants? So fun.

However, it wasn’t until spotting a few of them in the wild that platform slides really entered our summer footwear considerations. Picture the outfit: simple minimalist black platform slides, a pair of black bike shorts (our faves are from Nimble, a summer essential) and a sunny yellow button-down—in a sheer fabric and with charming vintage details. An approximation below, but trust us, it was even more nonchalantly stylish IRL.

Bea Bowling Shirt Amber, $139 from Nudie Jeans. Zoom Bike Short in Polka Black, $79 from Nimble Activewear. ESSNTLS Womens Slides, $59.99 from Indosole.

As well as being this compelling mix of chic, retro (like so many of the current reigning aesthetics we’re enjoying) platform sandals are, for the most part, a really easy shoe to wear. Unlike the more divisive Crocs, platform slides might have a high side profile, but a relatively simple aesthetic overall. Prettiness and practicality are equally important considerations, especially after a year of elasticated loungewear and not much else.

Below, some of the platform slides that we’re dreaming up Potential Looks with. If only Polyvore was still around…

Platform Slides And Sandals For A Retro Summer

Slide sandal with Gucci logo, $490 from Gucci.

Platform Sandal, $49.99 from Glassons.

Blackout textured-leather platform sandals, $742.57 AUD (currently on sale for $222.77 AUD) from NET-A-PORTER.

Harbor Flatform Sandals, $133.28 from Free People.

ESSNTLS Womens Slide, $59.99 from Indosole.

Monki Norma recycled polyester flatform in orange, $50 (currently on sale for $40) from ASOS.

Gianvito Rossi Bekah leather platform sandals, $1,045 AU (currently on sale for $731) from My Theresa.

Pamela Double Strap Sandal, $250 AUD (currently on sale for $183) from Able.

One Star Suede Sandal Slip Black Mono, $80 (currently on sale for $40) from Converse.

Lead image via Instagram @__mmaxinewylde.

Monisha Rudhran (@monishamay) is a writer and chronic Pisces. Formerly at Syrup, she's now a Digital Content Producer at ELLE and marie claire Australia. She’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.