Personally, I think the onslaught of fall boot options can be a bit overwhelming. I usually stick to two or three solid pairs for the season that will carry through most of my necessity-based layering looks through fall and winter. Key factor in deciding which ones to invest in? A combination of style, comfort, and knowing that a New York City winter won’t take them down. So it makes sense then, that I’m all about the platform boot trend of 2022.
Platforms, as you may well know, are having a viral moment with celebrities and influencers. From their headlining performance on the Spring/Summer 2022 runways to their comeback tour for Fall/Winter 2022, the silhouette has been a major player at houses like Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and Rick Owens. These designers and more are continuing to reimagine the best of the sky-high shoe with iterations of chunky hot pink ankle boots, square-toe Mary Janes, and gladiator-style thigh highs. But for the all intents and purposes of my autumn shoe needs, I will be prioritizing the wearable and comfortable versions of these raised sole shoes. (Plus it never hurts to have a little bit of extra padding from the city sidewalks.)
In the months ahead, I’m most excited for the platform-ified (not a word, but should be) update of combat, Chelsea, and ‘90s grunge boots. To that end, I’ve shopped out these styles ahead — and my favorite styling ideas for incorporating these main-character boots into one’s closet.
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With A Sweater Dress
A neutral sweater dress is a foolproof autumn piece that lends itself to layering and, of course, wearing all manner of boots. But thick-soled lace-up silhouettes have a hefty tread sole that can perfectly transition into winter weather. I would wear mine over a pair of warm wool socks for the ideal cozy look.
With A Skirt Suit
Chelsea platform boots are classic with a twist — so consider pairing them with another updated essential: the mini skirt suit. I love the riding-style height of the boots below and would also wear them under a trouser or with a midi-length slip dress for extra outfit options.
With A Floor-Sweeping Coat
Outerwear is the other most important chilly weather investment you can make, but I’ll save that for another story! That said, any boot you buy should work with a longline coat. Take a cue from this look and consider a pair with a chunky Y2K-inspired sole — it gives even the simplest of separates some edge.
With A Slip Skirt
Lug sole shoes are ideal for stomping the pavement streets. Pair this sturdy option with an easy slip skirt and an artfully printed T-shirt for a simple daytime look. And once you break these babies in, they’re just the thing to contrast a slinky little going out dress.
With A Voluminous Skirt
Volume has continued to be an attending trend for fall and the full, ladylike midi is an elegant way to incorporate it into your closet. Why not have some extra fun and add a sultry high-heel platform? I love styling the two hero pieces together with a detail-clad button-down and silver jewelry.