The platform heel is back, and it’s higher than ever

Championed by everyone from David Bowie to the Spice Girls, platform shoes are back on the catwalks and coming to a street near you

In what he called a “bold and joyful and free and unapologetic” proposition, Lanvin’s Bruno Sialelli explored pop art prints on his footwear

Dominating the runway at Acne Studios, Versace, Lanvin and Victoria Beckham, a well-made platform shot will ensure that the gradient between heel and sole is gently calculated, so it feels as if you are only wearing a small heel while lending extra height.

Polar opposites to the footwear we have worn during the pandemic, key silhouettes include soaring Mary Janes, snug ankle boots and prepster oxfords, each with stacked or sky-high soles.

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