It may nod to the 1970s, but the cork platform has been issued a major update. The result: a chic, modern and stylish shoe worthy of working into any 21st century woman's wardrobe. For those who fear they're too clunky or awkward to walk in, think again. The new cork platform is available in styles that range from wedges to heels to flats (really!), so there's something for everyone.
Take a step in a bolder direction with these DV by Dolce Vita Tyla Cork Platform Sandals
($79.99). The glossy leather is gorgeous (and so captivating!), and its strappy design is right on trend.
If you wish to borrow heavily from the disco era, look to this Blowfish Garren cork platform sandal
($67.23). Awash in rich, toffee-colored leather, this thick-soled shoe features a very modernized T-strap for balance. (Oh, and it also lengthens those gams like no one's business.)
If a flat shoe is your preference, look to a minimal platform like the one on these Via Spiga Moon peep-toe flats
($86.49). The addition of glossy leather and a small buckle keep it from looking too matronly, so it's ideal for women who seek comfort and style in their flats.
In a summer shade of coral, these vibrant Chinese Laundry Go For It platform heels
($74) add a little punch to your little white dresses and denim skirts and tees. The thick buckle at the ankle is reminiscent of chic '60s mod looks, yet the brazen hue keeps the shoe very much in the present. Also in black and white.
Juicy orange adds a refreshing burst of color to these completely corked Stuart Weitzman Garner sandals
($184.25). The detailing on these shoes is impeccable; the visible topstitching, the earthy palette and the minimal gold-tone buckle at the ankle all contribute to its charm and versatility. With everything from jeans to dresses, these pretty platforms will see you through many occasions.
Feeling especially inspired to pay homage to decades past? Try a pair of clogs, like the Luiza Barcelos Qi010
($219.45). These have such an upscale vibe about them, from their luxurious tan leather detail and gold buckle to the pale blue denim upper. It's earthy gone glam, essentially, and it's perfect whether you're catching some rays at the park or indulging in some downtime with the girls.
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