In These Shoes: Black Platform Sandals Under $150

We fashion bloggers like to swoon over shoes, the more outlandish the better. Six-inch heels! Rainbow colors! Studs and buckles and straps and spikes! And yet, the shoes I end up wearing the most are the neutral ones.* I don't know if that's a sad commentary on my dreams versus my reality or what, but generally at the beginning of every summer, I buy a pair of black platform sandals and I wear the crap out of them. In spite of all the tempting summer colors out there, black is important in New York because, hey, it's New York! But also because NYC is disgusting in the summer, and all of those pretty candy colors are going to be gray with filth by the second or third time you wear them. Platforms are also key, because they keep you elevated several inches above said filth. (If you want to conduct a really gross experiment—at your own risk!—walk around the city in flip-flops for a few hours, and you'll see what I mean.) So here are five options I'm considering, all under $150. Let's discuss!

Clockwise from top left:

These Via Spiga Novia sandals were featured in Lucky a few months ago, and I've been obsessed ever since. I'm happy to report that they're now on sale at Nordstrom, which is making them a strong contender. I like the rope detailing at the sole, as well as the sculptural shape of the heel. 

If you've never had the pleasure of wearing a pair, Corso Como makes incredibly comfortable shoes, but ones that you'd never mistake for "comfortable shoes." These Marleen sandals have a nice, clunky wooden platform wedge that's lightened up by a fun cutout at the heel (note: do NOT be tempted by the pretty pink or green colors this style also comes in!). 

This may be the one pair of Jeffrey Campbell sandals that isn't a crazy platform, and since they're missing said platform, they don't really belong here, but I've had these Amity stud sandals on my radar for awhile. Really, you can't go wrong with a 2-inch heel, especially when it's decorated with subtle faceted black studs.

I've been stalking these Zara wooden sandals for a few months now, and I'm amazed they're not yet sold out. They look like the kind of shoe Fashiontoast would wear, you know, before she started wearing CĂ©line and Balenciaga all the time. They're kind of '70s-trashy, but in a sexy summer way.

I saw a woman wearing these sandals the other day in my deli near work, and I followed her around the store until I could corner her and ask her where she got them. The answer: They're the Madewell tri-buckle wedge. I almost knocked over a stand of Pop Chips in the process, but it was totally worth it. See the lengths to which I go to find shoes for you?

*I should note that in my mind, animal prints are considered neutrals.

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