Highsnobiety’s women-focused shopping content is put together by our team of in-the-know women curators and writers to bring you the very best in streetwear, fashion, and sneakers.
Once considered a fashion travesty, the platform sneaker has been revived and embraced by some of the industry’s most celebrated designers. Today, they are a go-to for women wanting to add a touch of nostalgia, irony, or just a few extra inches to their ‘fit.
The beauty of this unapologetic silhouette is that it adds height without relinquishing comfort – no doubt why the shoe was favored by club kids and ravers in previous eras. At its height in the ’90s, the shoe was considered a symbol of anti-fashion youth culture.
The ascendence of women’s platform sneakers in recent years reflects the changing relationship between counter culture and luxury brands. Today, everyone from Converse to Balenciaga has put their own spin on the shoe, signaling its total transition from sartorial punchline to footwear staple.
Now, for women on the hunt for the perfect platform sneakers, we’ve made things a little easier by compiling some of our favorites available to shop, from the understated to the completely over-the-top.
Kicking things off is the iconic collaboration between COMME des GARÇONS and Nike, which took the platform silhouette to whole new heights. Others on the list include Vans, Converse, and Superga kicks which can be easily integrated into any workwear ‘fit, an Eytys animal-print option for the club kids at heart, and the grail that is JW Anderson x Converse‘s Chuck Taylor mash-up.