Outrageous, Break-Your-Ankle Platforms Are Still Trending — Here's How to Wear Them

Celebrities can't seem to quit this extreme styling choice.

Break-Your-Ankle Platform Heels
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A long time ago, my mom sat me down to impart some fashion wisdom. Apparently, there are two types of shoes in the world: shoes that were made for walking and shoes that, were, well, definitely not. They're "sitting" shoes, she told me, describing pairs that'll give you blisters and make you wobble like a baby deer — and you should probably avoid them if you can.

Well, mom, I'm sorry, because sitting shoes — or, as I now like to call them, break-your-ankle platforms — have become a trend that's now impossible to ignore. This slightly nostalgic look is simply too cute, giving basic outfits a playful boost, and the more celebrities I see wearing these bold shoes, the more I crave a pair of my own.

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Olivia Rodrigo wearing platform heels. Gotham/GC Images

One celebrity who I consider to be a dedicated fan of break-your-ankle platforms is Olivia Rodrigo. When she visited the White House last year, she went full Elle Woods in a pink, vintage Chanel suit, but spiced up the Spring 1995 look with Giuseppe Zanotti block heels. The footwear choice quickly became part of the Gen Z singer's signature look, and she's worn platform heels on numerous occasions, including on the Late Late Show with James Corden and at the Met Gala afterparty.

Still, Rodrigo is far from the only star who enjoys a bulky, bold, break-your-ankle heel. Versace's Medusa Aevitas Platform Pumps are a favorite among celebrities, appearing on red carpets, in photo spreads, and everywhere in between. Florence Pugh, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Miley Cyrus have all added this risky shoe to their outfits, inspiring fashion fans everywhere to invest in their own pair.

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Ariana Grande wearing platform heels. Getty Images

Plus, while Valentino Pink has been getting a ton of love, so has the fashion house's Tan-Go Platform Pump, which has been worn by Zendaya, Elsa Hosk, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Richie, and Kate Hudson, among others.

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Zendaya wearing Valentino platform heels. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Platform Heels
Elsa Hosk wearing Valentino platform heels. Getty Images

Of course, if heels aren't quite your style, that's understandable. You can still follow the trend with break-your-ankle platform boots, like Willow Smith's Naked Wolfe pair, which she rocked in the "Emo Girl" music video with Machine Gun Kelly. Or, for the summer months, you could swap out your flip-flops for intense, Y2K-inspired platform slides — a very Spice Girls and Kacey Musgraves move. Should you be hoping for a more casual twist, there are also platform sneakers, something that has influencer Charlie D'Amelio's stamp of approval.

The options are truly endless, especially since there are so many platform shoe styles to shop.

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Kacey Musgraves wearing platform slides. Getty Images
Platform Heels
Charli D'Amelio wearing platform sneakers. Getty Images

Right now, my personal favorites are from Larroude; I plan to wear the brand's Dolly heels at my wedding, and even used them when styling SNL's Heidi Gardner for an InStyle photo shoot last year. Chinese Laundry and ASOS also sell some great under-$100 options, and I know firsthand that platform sneakers are an easy way to incorporate this trend into your everyday look. Swapping out my Vans and Converse for thick, chunky-soled alternatives was a petite styling hack I adopted years ago, and I plan to continue to use them as a way to amp up my outfits.

Sitting shoes, it's time to shine.

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