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Platform Sandals Are Very Much a Thing Again

These are the ones to buy.

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In case you missed it: Steve Madden announced the re-release of its infamous ’90s flatform Slinky Sandal late last month, and everyone freaked out. I wasn’t totally convinced that the “comeback of the platform” was upon us until a week later, when OG Rocket Dog released a handful of serious bright leather flip-flop platforms in collaboration with fashion veteran Elizabeth Saltzman that are available on MatchesFashion for $85 a pop.

Even though I know the ’90s stole them from the ’70s, platforms (and flatforms) remind me of Dawson’s Creek, denim mini skirts (the bad, Nicole Richie circa-2003 kind), and chunky highlights — but I honestly don’t hate them. I actually like them, especially when I remember that the Spice Girls did, too. They’re one of those pieces that can instantly make an otherwise boring outfit fun and add a little power height, and like most ’90s comebacks, they come with happy nostalgia.

In the case that you want to get back into platforms too, we’ve scoured the internet for the cutest pairs out right now, updated with everything from cork bottoms to super high block heels. (And hey, if you’d rather just go and buy that same Steve Madden pair you had in middle school, now you know where to find them.)

Green suede platform with cork bottom.
Charlotte Stone Maria Platforms, $265
Matt Bernson Dash Sandal, $260
Wooden bottom slide platform Sandal
Sydney Brown Cross-Slide Sandal, $255
Hot pink platform.
Loeffler Randall Alessa Platform Sandal, $395
Black squiggly platform bottom.
Aska Hadley Platform, $275
Black platforms
H&M Platform Sandals, $35