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6 Shoes that prove platforms are totally back in style

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

Sneaker wedges may have had their moment, but now a new comfy pumped-up kick is here to rule the summer. The "ugly shoe" trend is getting a lift, and in a major way, thanks to platform sandals. Prepare to step your style game up a notch or two with these six chic picks for summer.

1. White Slide Sandal

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

Digging the Birkenstock trend but not a huge fan of flats? Then you’ll fall head over heels for these polished white leather flatforms. They’re comfy, cool and absolutely perfect for the pool. You can slip them on to run errands around town or dress them up with some white skinny jeans and a sleeveless silk blouse for an evening BBQ at your BFF’s. (, $95)

2. 1954X Resort Platform

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

These shoes were made for dancing, and that’s just what they’ll do. No, but seriously: Whether you’re hitting the club or you have a summer wedding to attend, these pretty pink platform sandals will give you more than enough lift to elongate your legs while still looking elegant. After all, breaking it down in flatforms is so much easier than in heels. (, $400)

3. Madison Harding Dorothy Flatform

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

Boasting a must-have wooden platform and studded bronze detailing, these baby blue flatform sandals are clearly right on trend for summer. Wear them with a cute cover-up and side fishtail braid for a party by the pool, or pair them with a flouncy little minidress and soft waves for brunch with the boyfriend. (, $155)

4. Eva Holographic Platform Gladiator Sandals

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

Gladiator sandals are getting a trendy makeover for summer. Instead of featuring a flat bottom, they’re taking things to a whole new level by adding a chunky heel and platform, which we absolutely adore. We can’t wait to step out in these funky, fresh and summer-friendly holographic cage sandals. (, $60) 

5. Underground Platform Loafer

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

Business on the top, party on the bottom. What more could you ask for when it comes to the perfect summer shoe? Slip these snazzy loafers on with a pair of thin socks, some high-waisted denim cutoff shorts, a cute crop top and a carefree kimono to instantly elevate your style from so-so to seriously showstopping. Because being different is a good thing. (, $268) 

6. Gold Gemstone Embellished Flatform Sandals

The footwear trend you have to try this summer

If you’re not so fancy already, you definitely will be when you slip these summer-ready metallic gold platform sandals on your feet. With all-over gemstone embellishments and three thin straps, they’re the ideal sandal for a posh lunch with your mom or a vacation dinner with the whole fam. (, $100)

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