The Fashion Memo

Platform sneakers: The off-duty essential

L-R: Caroline Daur, Julia Sarr-Jamois, Irina Linovich

The best sneakers graduated from gym fodder to off-duty essential a few seasons ago, but now there’s a new trainer on the block. Minimal styles are on the back foot as designs get technical, making platform sneakers the shape to be seen in. From Stella McCartney’s colorful Eclypse sneakers to Balenciaga’s cult Triple S style and Prada’s collectible Cloudbusts, these chunky kicks will boost your stature and your fashion status.

You don’t want to look as though you actually could be in your workout clothes, so steer clear of wearing these standout sneakers with head-to-toe sportswear. Instead, emulate Caroline Daur and elevate the look by wearing yours with a chic midi dress and velvet accessories, finishing with Matrix sunglasses to tap into this season’s ’90s nostalgia. If you’re after something more low-key, we love Julia Sarr-Jamois’ hi-lo approach – a timeless trench layered over chic separates and an of-the-moment belt bag will make lazy Sundays infinitely more stylish.


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