Love those skyscraper heels but struggle to balance for long? Or do you get brought back down to earth when the killer heel pain kicks in? Then go for the gorgeous platform and step out in style in a shoe that really is the best of both worlds!
Our best platform heels review will point you in the right direction and help you nail that high heel swagger without the discomfort or wobble. And, with a platform shoe you get to choose from some seriously stylish options – whether you want to rock a deceptively high stiletto, pack some platform punch to your day shoes or add some high heel attitude to those winter boots. So, get set to embrace the platform heel and take your footwear to new heights…
The Best Platform Heel
Sexy styling, a towering heel, a great price and a comfortable ride – our Best Choice ticks all the key boxes when it comes to the perfect platform heel.
For less than $37 you get a pair of lux-looking platform shoes that will turn heads. The hidden platform is surprisingly comfortable and cradles your foot, while its 1.25-inch depth makes the overall 5-inch stiletto heel super manageable. The peep toe is cute, the ankle strap adds a touch of the vamp and the whole shoe exudes an edgy elegance. In a choice of 18 colorways, DREAM PAIRS Swan High Heel Platform Shoes are on-trend comfortable high heels to elevate any occasion.
Man-made upper/TPR sole
Lightly padded faux leather insole
Adjustable buckle ankle strap
Rear zipper for easy removal
Heel height: 5 inches
- BrandDream Pairs
- Weight11.2 ounces
Great styling and nice comfort touches
Good choice of colors and embellishments
The sizings can run on the larger side
Now here’s a pair of velveteen platform heels that are totally va-va-voom! With a 5.5-inch heel, a built-in platform that adds a daringly distinctive toe shape and a super-sexy cross over ankle strap, you’ll mean serious party business in these beauties.
On face value, OCHENTA Ankle Strap Platform Heels are seriously high but don’t let that put you off, as the almost two-inch hidden platform brings them down to wearable levels. While perhaps not for every day, these gorgeous platform shoes will vamp up any outfit and make you the high-heeled queen about town. If you are looking for extra comfortbale summer shoes for outdoors, check out our guide to the best walking sandals for women.
Faux suede upper
Closed toe/hidden platform design
Clasp and hook strap closure
Available in 19 colors
Heel height: 5.5 inches
- Weight12 ounces
Elevated hidden platform gives a stable and comfy fit
The hook and clasp cross-over strap can be a little fiddly
Make a statement with Susanny’s awesome-looking lace-up platform boots which have a gorgeously edgy vibe. Worn to style up a cutesy outfit or to rock a party dress, Susanny Autumn Platform Knight Martin Boots are also perfect with casual jeans and Ts. Just touching 5 inches in height, the heel is nicely blocky to give a sense of security underfoot. Add a hidden 1.37-inch platform and you have a pair of platform heels that are comfortable to wear, even for long stretches. These platform heel boots are also made from leather and suede, which is a quality touch for the price. To make them even more comfortable, be sure to pick your favorite heel inserts from our list.
Slip on and lace up design
Dual buckle ankle straps
Available in black, leopard, brown, beige
Heel height: 4.72 inches
Quick and easy to slip on and lace up
Comfort level is pretty impressive
These boots are sized large so check your fit
Classy and stylish, these platform pumps from the JS range are a delight – to look at and to wear. As a mid-price range high heel, you’ll get a lot of wear out of the Waleo Platform, from a business lunch to a black-tie dinner.
The comfort factor comes from the quality leather upper and the nice height ratio between the heel and the hidden platform, giving you the right angle for your hardworking feet. And the looks are that of much more expensive designer platform shoes, which just adds to the total enjoyment you’ll get when slipping on these gorgeous heels. Available in two colorways, we particularly like the versatility of the classic nude. For more stylish ladies shoes like this, check out our guide to the best boat shoes for women.
100% leather upper
1.5-inch hidden platform
Cushioned foot pad
Heel height: 4.75 inches
- BrandJessica Simpson
- Weight11.9 ounces
Looks like a more expensive pair of platform heels
These are slim shoes and the sizing does run on the smaller side
Chinese Laundry Teaser Platform Dress Sandal are gorgeous summer platform heels that are the perfect shoe-in for the prom or party season. And, if you like your heels seriously high, then you’re not going to be disappointed!
At a towering 5.75 inches, these strappy platform heels are made easier to manage, thanks to the built-in front platform that comes in at 2 inches, giving your whole foot a solid base and a feeling of balance as you walk. The Teaser will add some real sass to that prom dress. Not the cheapest of platform shoes but you do get a quality pair for your money and, in a choice of four neutral shades, these are high heels you will always find something to wear with. For more great summer shoes, check out our guide to the best flip flops for women.
Synthetic upper and sole
Cross over strap with side buckle
Available in black, white, nude and silver
Platform height of 2 inches
Heel height: 5.75 inches
- BrandChinese Laundry
- ModelTeaser Patent
- Weight14.07 ounces
The straps/platform heel combo are a serious leg lengthener!
These shoes do run a little on the narrow side
If you still like a bit of high heel action when it comes to your summer day time look, then check out the Seany2. With its integrated platform and heel, set off by the synthetic leather strap cage upper, these platform heels are totally riviera cool.
Thanks to the chunky styling, these platform shoes are also deceptively high, coming in at 4.5 inches while giving you the comfort feel of a lower heel. Wear the Seany2 to summer up a casual outfit or to add easy-to-wear height to a summer dress or party outfit. In a choice of two colors – grey and honey-suede – these are well-priced shoes you’ll get plenty of day and night wear from. Our guide to the best slippers for women feature some comfortable footwear for home.
Synthetic leather upper
Sling-back strap and buckle
Available in two neutral colors
Heel height: 4.5 inches
- Weight12 ounces
Add height to a summer outfit without losing any sandal comfort
Could do with a little more ankle support
We all need a black pair of platform heels, just ready and waiting in the closet, and these chunky heels from IDIFU are a contender for the job.
Whether to wear with skinny jeans, a floaty dress or something more formal, IDIFU Sabrina Party Sandals could well become your high heels go-to. With a synthetic upper, ankle strap and buckle and a rubber sole, you get a hardwearing pair of platform shoes that give you a 5-inch chunky heel lift. Add in a well-sized platform to balance the load and these are not only stylish to look at, but also comfortable to wear. And for the less than $40 price and a choice of over 16 colorways, you could cover all your outfit options and get a couple of pairs! Be sure to check out our reviews of the best slides for women for more stylish and comfy footwear.
Synthetic upper/rubber sole
Heel height: 5 inches
Cushioned footbed and arch support for comfort
There could be a little more support on the front foot
If you like your platform heels firmly on the chunky side, then these velveteen wedge shoes for women are going to tick your box. With the ankle strap and open toe, the cute scale is already tipped with these lovelies from Camssoo. And with a choice of eight gorgeous jewel colors as well as a versatile light beige, you’ll be looking for outfits to wear Block Heeled Wedge Platform Sandals with!
The heel height is also deceptive, thanks to the wedge-like design, coming in at 4 inches, giving you the elevation you need to work a party outfit. These are platform heels that can be worn night and day, making them super versatile as well as super cute!
Velveteen upper/rubber sole
Ankle strap with buckle
Open toe slip-on style
Choice of 9 colorways
Total heel height: 4 inches
- Weight1.41 pounds
A versatile platform shoe that can be dressed up or down
The ankle strap is a little on the short side
For an everyday platform shoe that can step up when you need to dress up, these chunky heels fit the bill. The classic sandal strap design is really pretty, and the shoe is lightweight enough for all-summer wear. They will add a little bit of platform glamor to a lunch date or keep you walking tall and comfortable on a party night.
Made from faux nubuck and available in a wearable choice of colors, the quality and just over $30 price easily make the Bamboo chunky heel our best platform heels review’s Best Value shoe. For additional support to your feet, check out our guide to the best insoles.
Nubuck PU in variety of colors
Ankle strap with side buckle
Lightly cushioned footbed
Heel height: 4.75 inches
- Weight15.2 ounces
A great platform heel to take you from day to night
You may find you need to add some extra holes to the ankle strap
Our premium pick is these laid-back platform shoes from Michael Kors that will add beach glamor to your outfit. The design has a 70s feel, with its retro cork platform heel and slip-on strap to keep you secure. There’s an eye-catching double layer to the full foot wedge which creates the illusion of a sandal that’s lower than it is. The platform height is a decent 2 ¾ inches, which works really well with a pair of wide pants or a maxi dress. And the charm detail to the foot strap adds a nice bit of designer glitz. Wear Michael Kors Warren Platform Sandals during for a beach-side lunch or with your jeans for a glam-casual day out. For some sports summer footwear, be sure to check out our reviews of the best running sandals.
Cork wedge and rubber sole
Open toe with charm detail
Heel height: 2 ¾ inches
- BrandMichael Kors
- ModelWarren Platform
- Weight10.4 ounces
A lovely vintage vibe for daytime wear
At the pricey end of our best platform heels review
Balancing delicate nude satin with a full-on chunk of a platform high heel, these beauties from Nine West will add a sassy twist to your party or prom outfit.
With 4.75-inch heels, the design makes Nine West Carnation Satin Heeled Sandal surprisingly wearable. The fabric upper is soft enough for a comfort fit, but with enough support where you need it, while the easy buckle ankle strap keeps your foot in place. The 1.5-inch platform is curved to the front to allow a natural movement when you walk, and the sheer chunk of the heel is reassuring. Glamorous, but not too in your face, these are a classy pair of platform heels you will love to have in your shoe storage for many occasions.
Satin fabric upper
Neutral nude color
Ankle strap and side buckle
Curved 1.5-inch platform
Heel height: 4.75 inches
- BrandNine West
- Weight8.95 ounces
Combines an edgy heel with a sophisticated open toe design
Lovely neutral satin fabric
These are heels are high, so make sure you get a good fit
Now here’s a pair of seriously sexy shoes that look like they have come straight off the Paris Fashion Week runway, without the high-end designer price. With a vertiginous 6.3-inch heel, Onlymaker Peep Toe Platform Stiletto are the highest in our best platform heel review. Not only are they tall, the heels are stiletto slim so be prepared to attract attention when you step out.
While the heel will need a little getting used to, the hidden platform compensates by creating a more natural walking angle. The result is a surprisingly stable pair of towering platform heels that will turn heads whatever you wear! We really like the sultry black patent leather-like shine and the sensuous curve to the upper and criss-cross strap. In short, there’s no way you can be a wallflower in these totally gorgeous, ‘look at me’ platform shoes! And if you are looking for some durable sports footwear, be sure to check out our guide to the best trail running shoes for women.
Synthetic upper and heel
Open toe design
Criss-cross strap and buckle
1.7-inch Hidden platform
Heel height: 6.3 inches
High end designer looks at an affordable price
Also available in a choice of 12 gorgeous colors
These are seriously high platform shoes so be prepared!
If you love your boots but want to take them to the next height level, then check out these 6.3-inch heeled booties from Onlymaker. These really are beautiful to look at and what we really like is that once you know how to walk in them, they are pretty gorgeous to wear. The sky-high heel is made easier to manage, thanks to the 1.8-inch hidden platform which gives a nice balance to the boot.
Made from a suede-effect black fabric, you can also choose from a host of hot colors, as well as shiny leather and a range of embelishments – something for everyone with these beauties. Team with tight skinny jeans or add a tough edge to a feminine dress or long floaty skirt, there’s no end of ways to style these must-have Onlymaker platform boots. For more amazing boots for women, check out our guide to the best wide calf boots.
Round toe design
Side zip entry
1.8-inch hidden platform
Heel height: 6.3 inches
Gorgeous looking and in an impressive range of color pop shades
These really do run slim and there are no wide fittings
Rock up any outfit with these suede-look lace ups. The chunky, almost cowboy boot style heel is a nice 4-inch height, while the 1-inch platform brings balance to make these easy to wear and walk in.
Made from animal-free man-made fabric that is vegan-friendly and also durable, Cambridge Select Chunky Stacked Heel Ankle Booties are great value, everyday platform shoes. Plus, they come in a super-impressive range of 18 colors, from eye-popping red to elegant dusky pink. Wear with jeans or chunky tights and a short skirt for a cute daytime look or add to an evening outfit for some extra edge.
Made from cruelty-free fabric
Lace up, slim fit design
Lightly padded footbed
1-inch hidden platform
Heel height: 4 inches
- BrandCambridge Select
Animal cruelty-free footwear
Manageable heel height and super comfy
The narrow design means you may need to go up a size
We finish our best platform heels review with a sassy little number – combining a 4.5-inch heel with the classic T-bar upper. The result is a gorgeous shoe you could wear to the office but will then easily take you from boardroom to a fun girl’s night on the town.
The design of these Bansi platform heels from Jessica Simpson is a delight and with the leather upper, they are a quality, durable pair to boot. And they effortlessly combine comfort with sexiness – and who wouldn’t want some of that! Choose from the super-feminine floral fabrics or the harder-edged patent leather colors. Or get one of each and you’ll have a small collection of gorgeous platform shoes that will stand you in good stead when the party is on. If you are looking for some extra comfort at the office, be sure to check out our guide to the best comfortable flats for work.
Leather upper/synthetic sole
T-bar sandle with side buckle
Open toe design
Floral or patent leather
Heel height: 4.5 inches
- BrandJessica Simpson
- Weight10.4 ounces
Inner cushioning and roomy toe box prevent rubbing
Top quality design at a good price
The heel tip is a little noisy
Platform Heels Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Оf The Best Platform Heels
With a chunky heel, you not only want to look good but also be able to style it out, knowing you’re getting quality at a great price. When whittling down our list of best platform heels, we checked each pair against the following:
Brand – from high street to designer, the name counts when it comes to your fashion-cred. We’ve chosen the brands that are on point when it comes to platform heels.
Price – a pair of platform heels doesn’t necessarily have to come with a sky-high price tag, so when it comes to cost, we look at value for money as well as quality and design.
Reviews – we check out all the user reviews to get first-hand customer feedback to ensure our final list of the best platform heels are totally wearable and desirable.
Features To Look For In Platform Heels
Comfort - yes, you want to look good, but you also need to be able to feel comfortable in your new platform shoes. To max out on the feel-good factor, look for a soft leather or man-made upper as well as straps and a padded insole. When it comes to the platform wedge, ensure it’s made from a robust, cushioning material that’s wide enough to cradle and support your foot.
Style – platform heels come in several styles, so you can choose the shoe that’s right for you. However, the main thing that makes them a platform shoe is the part of the outsole under the ball of the foot, which is created thicker. With less of a height difference between the front and back of the shoe, many platform heels are easier to walk in than a conventional high heel.
Heel - for a super-glamorous night out, go for a shoe with a platform toe that allows the stiletto heel to go sky-high. Platform shoes with a wedged front and a chunky heel enable you to gain height without sacrificing the comfort-factor and are a great day-to-night shoe while a full-on wedge platform gives a casual, beach holiday vibe to any outfit.
Fit – with the sky-high styling of most platform high heels, you need to get your fit right, to prevent discomfort and rubbing. Always check that your new platform shoes support your whole foot and are a comfortable fit.
Outsole – you need to make sure the outsole – which makes contact with the ground and supports the whole foot – is made from a robust, quality material. Good outsole materials to look for include rubber, EVA, PVC and leather. The outsole should also be flexible enough to move with your foot and durable enough to last the party season.
Platform Heel FAQ
Q: Can platform heels harm my health?
A: The key to preventing any health risks from your new pair of platform shoes is to ensure a correct fit and to take a break from wearing them – as you can put strain on your lower back and knees.
Anything with a high heel also puts you at risk of a fall or sprain, but this is the risk most women are willing to take in return for looking drop-dead gorgeous! And it goes without saying the higher the heel, the less stable you may be as you walk. With a platform heel, the wedge section can offer greater stability and support, making them easier to wear.
Q: What are hidden platform heels?
A: A hidden platform heel is a clever way of wearing really high heels without causing too much problems as you walk. Simply put, the hidden platform section is added to the front of the shoe (under the ball of your foot) so your foot is raised from the ground. Built into the design of the shoe, the hidden platform is often an inch or two in its own right, meaning a full six-inch stiletto is actually around 4 inches for the wearer.
Q: Are platform high heels more comfortable?
A: Generally, yes, as long as they are a good fit. With the soles of platform heels thicker than regular heels, your foot is elevated at both ends, creating a more comfortable angle to walk on. The platform section also gives you greater stability and support than a straight up stiletto.