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Platform sandals: get that summer look!

Platform sandals have never really gone out of style – and these days, they're bigger than ever! Also known as "flatforms", these funky shoes offer one of the most comfortable styles of footwear for sunny days. They're a great option if you're not confident walking in heels. Because your entire foot is elevated, you won't get any pain in the balls of your feet after a long day. For a flattering look, choose a pair of women's platform sandals that are still slightly higher in the heel than in the front of the foot. This will help to elongate your legs, as well as giving you shapelier calves.

Making a statement with sandals

Big and bold, chunky sandals are a great way to draw attention. If you want to make your platforms the centre of your outfit, then keep the rest of your clothes simple. Choose a pair of brightly coloured platform sandals and wear them with neutrals, for example. There are many styles of, so you can really let your personality shine. You might prefer a big, funky floral print or an array of neon colours. Wear them with a simple dress or, on chillier days, slip on a pair of jeans and keep your top plain. Remember to keep accessories to a minimum, too; with shoes that demand attention, you'll need to make sure that the rest of your outfit is not clashing.

How to tone down sandals for everyday wear

They may be big, but these sandals can also easily play a part in your day-to-day outfits. In this case, you might want to choose pairs in simpler styles; rather than going for a print, opt for sandals that are just one colour. Stick to the classics: black is classy for evening wear, while brown or raffia are perfect for summer days, especially if you're hitting the beach. Going on holiday? Pair your platforms with a dreamy, romantic maxi dress. This is a great look if you're on the shorter side –instant elevation, without the discomfort of regular heels! Alternatively, if you want to show off your legs, slip into a pair of denim shorts. This is an ideal holiday style, especially with a sunhat, a simple white top, and a long necklace. You can even wear your platform sandals with a bikini, if you dare!