These Platform Shoe Styles Ruled The 90s

by May Sofi

In case you haven't noticed, the '90s are making a major comeback in today's fashion world. Whether it's designers like Rihanna for Puma showing grungy looks on the runway, or celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Kendall Jenner paying homage to the decade in mom jeans and velvet chokers, the wildly stylish decade has definitely become relevant again. As someone who was born and raised in the '90s, the era of all things denim and leather will always hold a special place in my heart, so I'm totally on board with this resurgence.

Looking back on the '90s now, certain iconic style trends immediately come to mind. Shiny leather and oversized plaid totally ruled '90s fashion (hello Clueless), but perhaps the one style that most dominated the decade was the platform shoe. You know you're a '90s kid when you have fond of memories of wearing out your double-decker flatforms (read: flat platforms). You know, those chunky sneakers that the Spice Girls wore all the time? Of course you remember. How about those Steve Madden creeper sandals with the thick stretchy band? My tween-aged self never left the house without those bad boys.

Let's take a trip down memory lane and reminisce over all the awesome platformed footwear that we obsessed over in the '90s.

1. The Flatform

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For some reason, we were totally obsessed with these single-leveled kicks that sort of made us look like we were walking on stilts.

2. The Leather Platform Boot

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The patent leather boot platform was the sexy stiletto of the '90s.

3. The Lace-Up Platform

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I remember watching Christina Aguilera at the VH1 Music Awards and falling in love with these platforms.

4. The Sneaker Platform

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Oh how I miss the days when chunky platform sneakers were cool.

5. The Thong Sandal Platform

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Yup, these were actually a huge trend.

6. The Platform Flip Flop

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Ultra high platform flip flops were all the rage back in the day.

7. The Strappy Platform Sandal

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Which we accessorized with tons of silver toe rings.

8. The Stretchy Wide Elastic Platform

Platform Chunky Slides Elastic Stretchy Leopard Print, $58,

Stretchy Steve Madden platforms were the It-shoes of the '90s.

9. The Foam Flip Flop Platform

Vintage 90s Platform Flip Flops, $28,


10. The Oxford Platform

'90s Vintage Munster Oxford Brogue Goth Grunge Witch Heel Boot, $180,

Business at the top, party on the bottom.

11. The Platform Jelly Sandal

Platform Jelly Sandals, $100,

As if plain Jelly Sandals weren't eccentric enough...

12. The Dolly Platform

Dolly Platforms, $46,

You weren't cool if you didn't stomp down the halls in this classic leather shoe.

13. The Platform Clogs

90s Vintage Candie's Brown Leather Chunky Heel Wooden Platform Clogs, $95,

Platform clogs are totally back by popular demand.

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