There’s probably a good debate we could have about what really is a platform sneaker. To me this kind of is all encompassing on anything that’s either platform or chunky that’s a sneaker or athleisure shoe. In my closet, my platform Converse are the shoes I can’t get enough of. This is ironic since I used to HATE Jack Purcell’s growing up. And while I did finally embrace a classic Converse, it’s the platform ones I live in. So much so, I finally grabbed a pair in black (and have considered making a custom pair on their site!).
I love a platform or chunky sneaker for a few reasons. They add a little bit of height which I’ll take any day with my short legs to help balance me out. And the height doesn’t mean discomfort (looking at you high heels…). But they’re also so great to pair with so many things. From jeans, to trousers, to dresses and shorts. I find myself reaching for my platform sneakers more than anything else in my closet when completing an outfit.
If you haven’t tried this trend yet, I’m begging you to give it a try. It’s one of my favorite trends and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. These are some of my favorite chunky platform sneakers and athleisure shoes to style for any season.
10 Best Platform Sneakers For Women
My tried and true favorite platform sneaker. I live in these and swear by them. They’re insanely comfortable and work with just about anything and everything I can imagine in my own closet. I’ve worn them with jeans, shorts, dresses, midi skirts and more. I’ve styled them in the summer and in the fall. Plus, they’re my go-to travel shoe because they’re so versatile but also so comfortable. PS I wear these socks with them. They don’t budge! I used to always go sockless with them until more recently.
The Converse brand also has tons of great options in a platform version. From their high tops, to classic low tops, and all sorts of styles in between. You can browse ALL their platform options here.
ABLE Nera Sneakers
This is a new to me brand that I am sure I’ll be talking about more and more. These Nera sneakers are so cool. I love that they’re leather and adore the color options they come in, the green being my favorite. They run small so definitely size up at least half a size. I will say, personally, I have a low ankle and can find buying sneakers a struggle. These do hit my ankle but I think that’s just me. They may take some breaking in, but I will power through because they are SO cute.
PS use code INIDOGDAY20 for 20% off your order at ABLE.
VANS Old Skool Platforms
A classic street style sneaker that is always in style. These now come in a platform similar to the Converse. I feel like you’re either a Converse or Vans person. I’m definitely a Converse person, but these Vans are super cute and a great option.
New Balance 327 Classic Trainers
I was #influenced to buy these from Helena of Brooklyn Blonde. I’ve always loved a New Balance sneaker, but these are a chunkier version of the classics and have such a cool vibe to them. They come in a few colorway options and I got the grey. But now wishing I snagged the navy! These have a cool angular sole and a chunky wrap-around heel design with a textured gummy sole.
Voile Blanche Maran Sneakers
I stumbled onto these more designer-inspired platform sneakers and had to share them. I am obsessed with the colors, the lines, everything. They’re made in Italy with incredible craftsmanship with performance materials. Pair these with a pretty dress for early fall, or jeans for a more casual look.
These are one of my favorite chunky sneakers in my closet. They come in so many fun colorways to choose from. Whether you want to go more neutral, or bold and printed, they’ve got so many color combinations to fit any color palette. They’re also insanely comfortable. I wrote a big review on them here because I love them so much! I’ve worn mine with jumpsuits and even just jeans and a tee.
I love that these are more eco-friendly and have recycled mesh and rubber for a more sustainable shoe. At just $98, these are great quality sneakers that I promise you’ll love as much as I do!
Sam Edelmen Spence Velcro Sneaker
I stumbled onto these Sam Edelman sneakers and fell instantly in love. Between the cool velcro closures, and the platform rubber sole, black details and leather upper, I’m obsessed! These have a good 1.2-inch platform for lots of height but still have a slim profile so they aren’t a chunky heavy sneaker on top of having a platform. Which I have found is the perfect combination for being able to wear with dresses and skirts, but also jeans!
Fila Disruptor Sneakers
I feel like Fila really put the dad sneaker on the map a few years ago. They really nailed the whole 80s throwback dad sneaker that we all know and remember from our childhood. But in a new fresh way. These leather sneakers come in a few different colorways and styles but the Disruptor is definitely the most popular. And at only $70, they’re an ideal price point for giving a trend a try without breaking the bank. I love these paired with more feminine pieces to give that cool juxtaposition of feminine and masculine vibes.
Supergas are a classic white athleisure shoe that’s been around for years. But they now have a platform! This trend is so hot that even this classic brand had to go platform too. Choose from white, black and even fun tie-dye options too. You can’t go wrong with this classic footwear brand.
Alexander McQueen Sneakers
The most expensive designer options in today’s list, but I’ve seen these in person on people and they are so cute. If you’re willing to spend several hundred on Golden Goose, you may want to check these Alexander McQueen platform chunky sneakers out. I just love them. They’re like a really cool, more chic version of the All-Star Adidas. They also come in some fun colorways and the grey suede are so cute!
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