Channel Anne Hathaway and Shop the Best Platform Heels Right Now

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Platform heels have dominated the fashion scene in recent months with countless celebrities, models, and muses towering above us in the sturdy heels. Spotted on everyone from Anne Hathaway at the Valentino Haute Couture show to Lily James at The Met Gala, and even Nicola Peltz-Beckham on her wedding day, it's clear that platforms are settling in to be the shoe trend of 2022.

It might have been a while since platform heels were a fashion favourite but, as we all know by now, fashion always comes back around. And platforms go way back. From the Middle Ages when platform heels were used to lift up the upper class (literally), so they could avoid mud on clothes to Greek Theatre to elevate the most important actors, platform heels have been making style statements for centuries. And let's not forget to pay homage to more recent pop culture, from '70s supergoups to '90s Spice Girls girl power.

This season, think about keeping it fun, too. Try pairs in Barbiecore hot pink or shiny metallics for a standout look. And it's not just the aesthetic appeal that makes us platform fans, but the comfort factor, too. Unlike the platforms cousin, stiletto, they appear to be super high, but the extra layer at the front of the shoe means they are often deceptively comfortable. Although, our advice is to give them a practice run by walking in them at home before venturing out.

We've rounded up the best platform heels to buy now, from the celebrity-adored Versace Medusa heels to high street heroes to suit every budget and occasion. Read on to see our picks.

Best Platform Heels: The Designer Dupe
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Best Platform Heels: The Designer Dupe

You may be thinking this pair looks surprisingly similar to another option featured in this round up — and you'd be right. A great dupe for the Versace pair that is a lot kinder to your bank balance, these ASOS Design Pluto platform heeled shoes in magenta (£44) are a great choice for anyone after the designer look on a budget. With the same split platform, pink tone, and satin finish, they certainly look the part.

Best Platform Heels: The Metallic Moment
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Best Platform Heels: The Metallic Moment

Another high street find, the Mango Metallic platform sandal (£59.99) is a fail-safe pick for this summer and beyond. It is high at 12cm, but has a very large platform to make it less daunting. The cross-front toe strap is a lovely detail, which also helps to keep the foot in place along with the ankle strap, too. As it's gold, it can work with a good majority of your wardrobe.

Best Platform Heels: The Office-Ready Option
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Best Platform Heels: The Office-Ready Option

If you're looking to bring the platform heel trend into your everyday wardrobe — and into the office — the bright, bold, and sparkly options probably aren't too appropriate. Lucky the Office Match Maker Platform Mules (£40, originally £74.99) could be the solution. A very subtle nod to the trend with just a small platform, these nude mules are sophisticated making them perfect for any occasion.

Best Platform Heels: The Jewel Tone
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Best Platform Heels: The Jewel Tone

Jewel tones are great all year-round. The Zara high-heel platform sandals (£45.99) will be perfect come rain or shine. Whether pairing with a tonal green, white, or silver, or going bright with a colour clash, there may be more ways to wear a green shoe than you think.

Best Platform Heels: The Disco Lover
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Best Platform Heels: The Disco Lover

Not quite as chunky as the iconic Abba boot, but getting close to the mark with the metallic hue, the Roberto Festa Nicla metallic-finish 100mm pumps (£336) are destined for the dance floor. Much lower than some of our other options, the 10cm heel doesn't look nearly as daunting, and the platform makes it a lot less steep, too. With a curved toe, heel guard, and ankle strap, it looks like you could really get a boogie on with these.

Best Platform Heels: The Extreme Platform
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Best Platform Heels: The Extreme Platform

Now these are an extreme platform shoe, so may be best left for those who are somewhat experts in heels. A guaranteed head turner, the KG Kurt Geiger Shook (£159) have a lot going on. Pair with your favourite Y2K style outfit to complete the iconic look.

Best Plaftorm Heels: The Basic Black
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Best Plaftorm Heels: The Basic Black

An adult version of your school shoes, the Steve Madden Agata heel (£126) is possibly one of the most basic platform heel designs around. Classic black, they can be worn with anything from formal trousers to a minidress, and the satin finish gives a nice silky sheen for a touch of glamour.

Best Platform Heels: The Wedding White
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Best Platform Heels: The Wedding White

If, like Nicola Peltz-Beckham, you too want to get married in platform heels, the Zara high-heel platform sandal (£59.99) may be a great option. Of course, wearing them as a wedding shoe isn't a prerequisite when buying them, but they will be much sturdier than a classic stiletto when walking on grass. Made from tanned leather with a thin wraparound ankle strap and a peep-toe design, they are one of the more minimalist platform shoe designs available right now and can be paired with anything from jeans to a miniskirt.

Best Platform Heels: The Colourful Creation
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Best Platform Heels: The Colourful Creation

For anyone who loves colour, the Kurt Geiger London Pierra Platform Sandal (£169) is hard to beat. With a metallic rainbow toe strap, pink platform, gold heel, and green ankle strap, this certainly isn't a shoe for anyone looking to hide in the corner. Bringing disco fever along with the '90s pop-star look, they certainly bring the retro vibes with an added touch of elegance.

Best Platform Heels: The Mega Mule
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Best Platform Heels: The Mega Mule

With no crystals, animal print, or metallic sheen, the Larroude Dolly Mule (£299) might be have a more minimal feel, but it still packs a style punch. Still extremely high at over 10cm, these mules have a cool '70s vibe. Wear them with a floaty boho dress, and you're good to go.

Best Platform Heels: The High and Mighty
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Best Platform Heels: The High and Mighty

At 14cm, the Aquazzura Olie 140mm platform sandals (£715) are as high as they look. Made from light copper-tone leather, they're softer on the feet than some of the other more rigid options, so they could be a bit comfier despite the height. The twisted front adds a nice level of detailing, meaning you can wear them either under a dress or on show with a trouser, and the ankle strap will help support the foot despite the towering height.

Best Platform Heels: The Daring Designer
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Best Platform Heels: The Daring Designer

Amina Muaddi only recently skyrocketed to fame and now counts Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Rihanna in its long list of fans. Most well-known for classic designs with a fresh twist and the signature flared heel, the Amina Muaddi Sita 140 leather platform sandals (£690) stand out for all the right reasons. In a neutral colourway, this pair can be paired with anything. The PVC toe strap gives a very subtly sexy nod while the lace-up ankle strap adds another design element for that wow factor. At 15cm, the heel is extremely high, so a larger platform is welcome.

Best Platform Heels: The Celebrity Favourite
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Best Platform Heels: The Celebrity Favourite

Arguably the shoes that catapulted the platform heel back into fashion, the Versace Medusa Aevitas platform pumps (£1,100) are a go-to for celebrities: Anne Hathaway and Nicola Peltz-Beckham, to name just a couple. Available in a whole range of colours from lime green to black, the pink seems to be the most popular pick.

Best Platform Heels: The Perfectly Patterned
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Best Platform Heels: The Perfectly Patterned

Printed shoes aren't all too common. But, thanks to the large surface area of a platform heel, it's much easier to opt for a pattern and lean into the design. These Miu Miu Daisy-print twill platform sandals (£645) are just perfect for the summer months. With a larger block heel than some of the other options, and a higher platform, they should offer more comfort for those who don't like the intense tilt of a higher heel.

Best Platform Heels: The Summer Sandal
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Best Platform Heels: The Summer Sandal

A less formal option, the Simmi London Kellie platform mule sandals in white croc (£35) can work for both day and night when paired with the right look. As a slip-on sandal, they aren't as sturdy due to the lack of the ankle strap to secure the foot, but they are much lower to the ground. With jeans or denim shorts, they could work well for a casual daytime outfit, or paired with a dress for evening glam.