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Especially when donning a pair of these platform heels, which is also the surest way to up your cool quotient during the sweltering days of summer. Extra details like fringe, crazy straps, or studding will take you to the edge -- but trust us, it’s worth the risk. Just be sure to avoid any shoe that sports all three, because that’s not edgy; it’s just bad fashion.


Clockwise from top left: Prada Python Patchwork Sandal, $1,200, www.barneys.com / Vince Camuto Kimbell Sandal, $125, www.piperlime.com / Frye Dara Slingback, $188, www.piperlime.com / Charles David Ticket Sandal, $149, www.nordstrom.com / Nine West Kwest Sandal, $89, www.ninewest.com