Platform boots date back centuries, though they are most often associated with the retro options of the 1960s, ’70s disco era, and ’80s across the U.S. and Europe. They waned in popularity in the ’80s but have come back in style again. Platform boots are classified as any boot with thick soles between 1 to 4 inches (3 to 10 centimeters) in height. Some people might think of them just for women, but there are plenty of options that are sized for and marketed towards men. Men can benefit from the extra height, style, and uses provided by platform boots just as well as women can. Whether you want the confidence that comes with an extra 1 to 4 inches of height or the eye-catching style they bring, don’t be afraid to rock a pair of platform boots if you like the look they bring to the table or they suit your personal style.
Picking Platform Boots for Men
Here’s what you’ll want to think about when buying men’s platform boots:
- Color: Black is often considered the standard color for platform boots. White and brown are the next most common shades. These are not your only choices, however. Brighter colors or patterns might be harder to find than others, but you should be able to find these and other designs or multicolored options if you look a little longer.
- Height: You can find platform boots with soles of any height from 1 to 4 inches. Platforms that are 1 inch (3 centimeters) tend to be most common, but you can find options as short or tall as you want within that range, depending on how much extra height you’re after.
- Style: Platform boots are pretty much available in any style that standard boots come in, whether you’re looking for wedge platform boots, sneaker platform boots, lace-ups, or slip-ons.
Top Choice: Dr. Martens 8-Eye Leather Platform Boots
Here’s an all-around top-notch pair of platform boots that is equal parts stylish, durable, supple, and practical. Made entirely out of imported, durable leather with a synthetic sole, these 1.5-inch platform boots are a fresh, rugged re-imagining of an original, classic boot. They retain all of the brand’s trademark features, the grooved edges, heel loop, and signature yellow stitching. The synthetic AirWair sole is slip-resistant and even treated to resist oil and fat for extra slip protection. The boot was forged with a Goodyear welt for maximum quality and heat-sealed to the sole for extra strength. The new subtle ankle zipper partners with the eight-eye lace-up ties to keep the boots firmly on your feet, and it makes them easier to slip on and off. Choose between solid, polished black, polished off-white with black soles, and pure white with black soles. Whichever color you select, you know you’ll receive a pair of chunky platform boots with rugged treads, made with the highest quality.
Dr. Martens, Jadon 8-Eye Leather Platform Boot for Men and Women, Black Polished Smooth, 6 US Women/5 US Men
A pair of platform boots that provides a new twist on an original design, with all of the brand's trademark quality and touchstones.
Most Durable: Dr. Martens Vegan Jadon Platform Boots
These platform boots were made to take whatever you and life can throw at them and still hold up for long-term, durable wear. Made of imported synthetic, 100% vegan leather, you can wear these boots guilt-free. The rubber AirWait sole is air-cushioned, designed for maximum comfort. They’re also equipped with a rugged tread and are resistant to oil and fat for high abrasion and resistance to slipping and falling. This makes these platform boots a great choice for hiking and outdoor activities, though they’re equally suited to serve as work boots or for casual wear as well. The synthetic boot and rubber sole are heat-sealed together to provide extra strength and durability for hard wear and use. They’re available in cherry red or black with an inner ankle zipper to slide on and off with ease as well as all the classic brand touchstones of grooved edges, a heel-loop, and trademark yellow stitching. To clean them, wipe away any dirt with a damp cloth and allow them to air dry.
Dr. Martens, Vegan Jadon II 8-Eye Synthetic Platform Boot for Men and Women, Cherry Red, 8 US Women/7 US Men
These vegan leather boots have comfortable, rubber soles and a rugged tread for walking safely anywhere.
Best Knee-Highs: Demonia Men’s Stack-201 Boots
Almost everyone feels the need to be bold and stand out from time to time. For the days when those urges strike, whether for a costume party, special event, or just because, these tall black platform boots are head and shoulders above any others. With an impressive 7-inch platform and over 6-inch arch, these boots have all the height that you could possibly want or need. They’re made of 100% imported synthetic leather, including the sole, and reinforced on the inside for additional leg and foot support. Straps run from the shaft to the opening, with two buckles to keep the boots firmly in place while you’re walking. The true-to-size fit makes picking your pair a quick, easy affair. A shorter, buckle-less vegan leather option is also available for those who want the height but not the length or buckles. Make a statement with these sky-high platform boots.
Demonia Men's Stack-308 Knee-High Boot
Make a statement with these 7-inch synthetic leather platform boots.
Also Great: Demonia Men’s Creeper Platform Boots
If you want some extra height but not an extravagant amount, or you prefer a more low-key, casual look, these platform boots are the solution for which you’ve been searching. The synthetic 1.5-inch sole has a patterned bottom to give you a little bit of grip while you walk on a 2-inch heel. Made of 100% imported synthetic vegan leather, these boots are cruelty-free. This style has a true-to-size fit, with plenty of toe room so you won’t feel any pinching or cramping as you move. They’re also stable yet lightweight, able to provide a degree of strength and protection without being too clunky or weighing you down when you walk. They’re a great alternative footwear or platform boot option that is both comfortable and high quality.
Demonia Men's V-cre571/bvl Ankle Bootie, Black Vegan Leather, 7 M US
An excellent alternative footwear option that provides you with extra height in a subtle, casual style.