Dozens of footwear brands unveiled their Spring 23 collections this week at Atlanta Apparel’s trade event, revealing upcoming fashion and comfort looks for women and kids.

And one shoe trend in particular dominated the others. Retro ’70s-inspired rigs were a mainstay for many brands showcased at the AmericasMart complex in downtown Atlanta.

The platform silhouette has been a growing trend over the past few seasons, but is now reaching new heights – literally. The styles on display for Spring 23 adopted extra high platform soles and even higher heels.

In many cases, the platform silhouette has been combined with the ever-popular slip-on upper, albeit updated with embellishments or bold colors. At Shu Shop, for example, the brand offered a stacked-bottom version adorned with chunky gold coins for a touch of sophistication.


Shu Shop Spring 2023 platform slide with stacked bottom and hardware embellishment on top.

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And at Seychelles, a women’s brand known for its vintage aesthetic, the brand embraced not just an oversized ’70s platform style, but the era’s quintessential orange coloring. The result is a cheeky look that will grab attention and bring a splash of color to any outfit.


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Other brands combined the platform silhouette with other key trends for Spring 23.

At Corky’s, for example, the brand picked up on the backpacker vibe that has caught on in the market for the past few seasons, adding a cleated sole to the bottom of its wooden-bottomed platform slides. The rugged outsole has a modernizing effect on the retro sandal but is also practical, adding stability for women on the go.

Meanwhile, the emphasis on natural materials was front and center at Blowfish Malibu and Matisse. The former offered a slingback platform style on an elegantly sculpted cork bottom. And in the Beach by Matisse collection, woven raffia treatments added an eye-catching new dimension to two-strap platform sandals.


Spring 2023 Malibu Blowfish Cork Platform Sandal

Spring 2023 Blowfish Malibu cork platform sandal.

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Matisse woven raffia platform sandals spring 2023

Beach by Matisse spring 2023 braided raffia sandals with covered platform.

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