Gucci Rainbow Platforms Spring 2017
Gucci Rainbow Platforms Spring 2017

Trend Test: Platforms — How High Can You Go?

Words by Jody Hume | 1.26.17
The spring 2017 runways were all about getting high. High on shoes, that is. From Marc Jacobs’ soaring ‘70s-inspired boots and sandals to Gucci’s flatform sneakers like rainbow layer cakes, designers perched models atop footwear that reached new heights and raised the question: but can you walk in them? To find out, our Senior Visual Designer, Ekin Kalayci, Digital Marketing Manager, Ally Dukkers and I tested platforms of varying levels, including the aforementioned towering Guccis. Can they replace a high heel? Can you ride your bike in them without crashing? Read on to see what we learned.

J.W. Anderson — 1.75”

J.W. Anderson Platform LoafersJ.W. Anderson Platform Loafers, $325; Iro Mesh Skirt, $65

If you want to ease into higher territory, start with something at a more modest height, like J.W. Anderson’s reimagined penny loafers. “Despite being platforms these were very minimal and serious, so I wanted to add some wildness to them — hence the pink fur socks,” explains Kalayci. “I think it did the trick!” Even with over-the-top styling though, these are just the thing if you’re looking for a practical platform: “I bike to work, so these were perfect for me since I think I might die trying to bike in the Guccis.”

Stella McCartney — 3”

Stella McCartney Platform ShoesStella McCartney Metallic Platform Oxfords (similar), $625; Proenza Schouler Fringe Dress, $995

A reason to go higher? Three-inch high zig-zag treaded Stella McCartney platforms make it easier to ensure the swingy fringe on your Proenza Schouler dress never touches the ground. I found them to be the perfect dose of menswear paired with a dress, since I don’t often wear things that are overtly girly. The Stellas are high enough to replace a high heel if you want to feel dressed up, and the fact that they’re metallic helps too. I feel like they make this an anti-going-out going out look. Plus, if you need to bail on whatever event you’re at, they obviously have good traction.

Gucci — 5”

Gucci Rainbow Platforms Spring 2017Gucci Metallic Platform Sneakers, $795

Can’t reach the top-shelf olive oil at your local grocery store? There’s nothing like five inches of Gucci rainbow topped off with metallic gold and signature web to lift you up. “I loved wearing these Gucci platforms!” says Dukkers. “They made me feel like a Spice Girl — a lifelong dream of mine. Plus, in my opinion, they’re easier to walk in than heels. At first I was stumbling a little bit but once I figured out how to walk in them they were really comfortable. Instead of placing your heel down first when you take a step, your entire foot must hit the ground at the same time like a stomp.” As for where to wear them aside from the grocery aisle: “These are the ultimate statement shoe so I would probably wear these again out to dinner or at a party or concert.”

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