Meet the Heights Platform, your new favorite shoe
Our favorite shoe of the season? It’s a classic re-imagined with the Free People girl in mind. Height? Check. Comfort? Check. A nod to the past while remaining undeniably rooted in the present? Uh, check. In colors of rust, caramel, snake, and washed-out denim, the aptly named Heights Platform is your answer to what to wear to all this season’s festivals (and beyond). Created by iconic brand Kork Ease exclusively for Free People, these go-with-everything sandals were inspired by the brand’s original design from the ’70s, the same design that stood in line at Studio 54, partied with Andy in The Factory, and roamed the streets of NYC on sizzling summer afternoons. The same design that now lives on, front row, kicked back, chilled out.
Founded in Brooklyn in 1953 with the launch of their first cork wedge sandal, Kork Ease quickly made a name for themselves with eye-catching footwear that also boasted a major selling point: comfort. Borne in the age of heels-for-every-occasion, the cork wedge was a game changer, revolutionizing summer style and pairing perfectly with the silhouettes of the time period — from shirtwaist dresses to demure capris and midi-length skirts. As time marched on and styles changed, so too did Kork Ease, keeping women’s feet comfortable whether their owners were donning the mini dresses of the ’60s, jumpsuits of the ’70s, or the laid-back looks of right now. With the launch of the Heights Platform, Kork Ease and Free People are introducing a whole new generation of dreamers, dancers, and doers to the iconic platform style, blending past with present in four colors and patterns. Whether they’re paired with a vintage-inspired maxi, festival-ready fringe, or clean, crisp denim, the Heights Platform sandals are almost guaranteed to never leave your feet this season. Need proof? We spied the Heights Platform breezing around the office this week on several of our employees, and chased them down for a pic. Check out how we’re wearing this inimitable sandal below, and be sure to check out our full selection here.
Fringe-hemmed denim compliments the muted snake pattern of the Heights Platform perfectly. Top it off with a crisp white top to keep the look simple and clean.
Caramel-colored suede peeks out from beneath the hem of the Faye Wrap Dress — one of our favorites this season — the perfect look for a warm early summer day or a laid-back music festival.
Accentuate a cropped hem with an ultra-high platform that’s still ultra comfortable — we love this pairing of the denim Heights Platform with printed cropped flares.
Few things pair better with fringe than platforms, especially in a hue of faded rust.
+ How would you style the Heights Platform?