As they’re a sensible purchase and we assume you’re a sensible sort of person, it’s extremely likely that you already own a pair of chunky platform boots. In the colder months, they make practicality seem formidable and desirable, while on balmy days they enable you to leave the house without a pedicure. The latter does rely on them being paired with a summer dress, but that’s not exactly difficult when – in different ways – either is a joy to wear. Where summer dresses tend to offer freedom, chunky platform boots offer stability. And it could be said that we need both for contentment.
But perhaps we do chunky platform boots a disservice to describe them as ‘sensible’ and be done with it. Maybe they only seem stoic because they actually run the gamut of human emotion. If you’re particularly livid for whatever reason, stomping around in a pair can be cathartic. They can also render happiness into something defiant, however. Or provide the strength that helps us overcome sadness. And we probably don’t need to tell you how well they convey nonchalance.
Emotional dissection isn’t for everyone, though. Some of us just want to look at nice shoes. And chunky platform boots are nice shoes indeed. Bottega Veneta could make a bin liner covetable, so it’s hardly surprising that we feel jubilant upon looking at theirs. For the original chunky platform boot, however, look no further than Dr. Martens. But if you’d rather sport something slightly more innovative, there’s always Maison Margiela’s collaboration with Reebok. And for a chunky platform boot that is also a chelsea boot, we favour Arket and – the ubiquitous – Ganni. Maybe it would actually be wise to own several pairs of chunky platform boots. That’s at least one way to handle the seasons of your life.