How to Dress Like a Grown with Shane Watson: Come on, give your shoes the platform they deserve

It’s not often that fashion makes you stop in the street and stare. The last time I remember being gawked at a shop window was when Kate Moss was actually in the window of Topshop on Oxford Street in London in 2014.

This time what made me do a double take was the Russell & Bromley window. Not a live model to see, just highlights from the store’s all-new fall collection, and every pair of boots and shoes on display were…platforms.

Not just strappy evening sandals, but red leather knee-high boots, elevated patent loafers (not much lower than the ones Naomi Campbell dropped in the Vivienne Westwood show in 1993) and feminine buckle shoes , only with one inch deep sole. And meet Russell & Bromley, purveyor of affordable adult shoes that are built to last.

So it’s official. We can’t pretend that the rigs that have crept into our cabinets over the past year are a flash in the pan; they sleep and become as normal as they were in the early 1970s.

Penelope Cruz is pictured here wearing the 2022 platforms style flare heel. She paired it with Channel jeans

There is a difference in fall 2022, of course. While you can get the Slade-style stompers, it’s a calmer, more grounded moment of platforming, for those of us who would like to join in but don’t want to look like we’ve been looting the disguise box.

First thing to remember, there’s a new heel in town, slightly flared at the base.

This heel signals that your platforms are in good faith 2022 and gives them slightly more of an edge, much like a track sole on a Chelsea boot.

Even so, in my opinion, the best way to make your rigs look modern and not retro is to keep them modest in scale and avoid wearing them with a silver poncho or jumpsuit.

Kristen Stewart is pictured here styling her red pantsuit with a pair of black platform boots

Kristen Stewart is pictured here styling her red pantsuit with a pair of black platform boots

Second, you’ll be lucky if you can get away with loafers or Mary Janes, of which there are plenty; this is the time to wear stylish open-toed sandals or boots.

The brief history of recent platforms began a few years ago with Prada and a certain pair of chunky black suede sandals which (we noted) had the ability to balance out lightweight dresses and add a new solid elegance to the pants.

After that, the velvet or suede platform sandal became an instant transformer: slip them on with your work suit at night; wear them with cropped jeans for a dressier look, and with dresses and skirts for a sharper, more contemporary look. And let’s not forget that you’re lifted off the dirt, safe on the grass, and guaranteed (as long as the angle of the heel platform isn’t too steep) to be more comfortable than in any other place. any heel you own.


  • Avoid bright colors.
  • Opt for open-toed sandals or boots.
  • Stick to a slim platform.
  • Wear to enhance flowing dresses.

If, in general, people dominate you, that’s another reason to adopt the platform. It’s time to get over the feeling that they’re not for us a second time and think of them as the heel you won’t end up wearing by the end of the night.

The rule with platform sandals is if you go high, keep them black or brown and the heel wide, not narrow. And Other Stories make a chocolate brown suede pair that is no different from the Prada originals (£95, Zara has Endless High Heeled Platform Sandals (£45.99, at 12.5cm, which is double what I can manage.

The height of Me + Em’s cross strap platform sandal, which this season comes in glossy black patent or gold at 10cm (£295, suits me much better.

However, the intrepid among you might want to try some extra high cross-strap sandals (£69,, much like the ones Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin wore in the pages of Vogue in the 1960s. 1970. Alternatively, there are LK Bennett’s elegant Maria leather platform sandals (£149,

Slim platform boots, especially knee-high boots, will transform spring dresses into fall wear. These Russell & Bromley red calfskin knee-high boots unfortunately aren’t cheap (£475,, but Arket have some decent platform boots, including a black three-quarter pair (£190,

And if you can’t figure out all those boots, there’s always the good old ankle variety: Dune have not-too-high ankle boots in black or dark brown (£150, Tan is £45 cheaper, but you’ll get the most out of black.

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