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What Are Platform Shoes and Heels?

Jul 03, 2024

Platform shoes and heels are iconic footwear styles that add height to any ensemble. Platform shoes are best known for their thick soles that elevate the entire foot, whereas heels come in various shapes and sizes, like stilettos and wedges, designed to lift the heel of the foot higher than the toes rather than the entire footbed. Still not sure about the differences or which shoe style might work best for you? Today, we’re diving feet-first into the fabulous world of platform shoes and heels. Keep reading to discover the ultimate guide to platform shoes and heels to strut into style with our playful fashion tips and tricks.

Step into the Spotlight with Platform Wedges

Charleston Shoe Co.’s Top Picks for Platform Shoes and Heels

The fashion experts over at the Zoe Report trace the history of the platform shoe back to WWII-influenced fashion of the late 1930s. Today, fashion lovers everywhere appreciate the retro vibe of platform heels while also boosting their height. Styling today’s platform wedges is all about balancing their height with casual chic pieces like denim shorts and a breezy off-the-shoulder top. Platform espadrilles are great choices for the beach, so pair them with a maxi dress and straw hat to get a resort-friendly look. As for slingback open-toe heels, they are your go-to for transitioning from day-to-night looks. Wear slingback heels with a jumpsuit at the office, and then switch to a mini dress for after-work cocktails. Play around with different textures and colors and watch how each outfit pops.

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1. The Beaufort — Slip into a pair of cute heels like our 3-inch Beaufort heel and watch heads turn on your next date night or ladies' night out. These slip-ons are great for soaking up the rays at home or jetting off on a summer getaway. Pair them with a wide-brimmed hat and flowy sundress for a beach-chic look, or rock them with a peplum blouse and cropped jeans for a day out with your girlfriends. Thanks to the machine-washable design and stretchy upper, these heels are just as practical as they are adorable.


2. The Bermuda — Step into summer with a pair of cute sandals, including our Bermuda, that are perfect for brunch dates and beach days. From walking on the boardwalk to lounging poolside, you’ll get a touch of beachy bliss with any outfit. Get instant vacation vibes by wearing these sandals with a maxi dress and sunnies. Dress up denim shorts and a linen top for a day of exploring. Enjoy a playful boost with the faux-jute platform and supportive design. Once you’re done with your sandy adventures, throw them into the wash and wear them season after season.

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3. The Paris — Want to know the secret weapon of fashionistas everywhere? It’s wedge sandals, combining chic style with a comfortable height that any woman can wear with confidence. The best part is that you don’t need to book a ticket to Paris to feel like you’re about to shop on the Champs Élysées. Instead, step into chic Parisian vibes with our delightful Paris heels! Stroll through cobblestone streets or sip lattes at a sidewalk cafe in your own hometown while blending comfort and style effortlessly — just like a true Parisian. Pair these wedges with boyfriend jeans and a striped top for a casual chic look. We’ve designed these shoes with a padded insole so you can strut with ease and confidence from day to night.

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Platform wedges are like little stages for your feet to give you that extra lift with a dash of style. No matter which pair you wear, our platform shoes and heels are your ultimate fashion sidekick to step up your style game. Whether you’re rocking those platform wedges or slipping into cute heels for a night out on the town, our shoes are more than just footwear. They’re expressions of your personality and unique style. So go ahead, have fun with any of our top picks for platform shoes and heels, and let your shoes do the talking.