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Fashion and fitness go hand in hand, whether you choose a matching ensemble for a Peloton ride or pair a sports bra and bike shorts with 6-inch platform heels. Platoon instructor Olivia Amato does a bit of both, leading classes in one-shoulder crop tops and tie-dye leggings. In fact, she’s just as famous for hosting classes for Tread and Bike owners as she is for posting Y2K-inspired outfits on Instagram.
“The more you walk in it, the better you get at it.”
The 31-year-old, who calls her aesthetic ‘street style meets fashion and glamour’, is known for her outfits ranging from miniskirts and crop tops to bustiers and jeans, usually accessorized with those viral Versace platforms Medusa. She rarely steps out on the streets in a shoe with a sole that’s less than two or three inches, mixing bold boots from Dr. Martens and Prada, slides from Gucci and sneakers that add height from Puma.
“I don’t have a fashion background, but it’s always been a big part of my life because my mother’s love for shopping, shoes and bags was passed on to me at an early age,” he said. she told POPSUGAR via email. “Growing up, when it was time to go shopping, I knew exactly what I was looking for. Even though I recoil from some of those choices now, I had an idea and I’m still committed to it, even if it meant modifying or changing the style of what it was.”
Amato maintains that as Peloton’s resident fashion enthusiast, her teammates often ask her for style advice, many of which have celebrities on social media (Amato and Jess Sims have close to 500,000, while vice- president Robin Arzón and director of cycling Cody Rigsby fly over about a million). “I recently sent Emma Lovewell a bag recommendation and she’s doing so well,” she says.
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She also has some great tips for stepping out in those iconic Versace pumps. Popularized by stars like Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, the shoes feature an embellished ankle strap and a 6-inch block heel adorned with a Medusa charm.
To walk the popular platforms without tripping, Amato recommends practice first. “The more you walk in it, the better you get at it,” she says casually, as if coaching a HIIT class. Of all the brands she’s tried, she says Versace’s iteration is the most comfortable. “They’re heavy, but on top of that, they’re comfortable to wear all night long, even standing up and walking. The platform shoes have always been my favorite since I first saw them on the Spice Girls.”
Ahead, Amato is styling viral Versace platforms four ways in an exclusive shoot for POPSUGAR, with hair and makeup by Gabrielle Symone. Scroll to see the photos and shop a few pairs in her favorite colors.