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Do Not Want: Mega Platforms

Do Not Want: Molting Boots
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Feather Overload
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These leather peep-toe oxfords boast a 5.5 inch platform, which I’m pretty sure qualifies them as a circus prop instead of a shoe. Standing perfectly still they’re kinda cute, I guess, if a little “Spice Girl goes to Cambridge,” but seriously, can you imagine navigating sidewalks in these things? Death traps! [$45, Urban Outfitters]

Meet Some Very Dedicated Followers Of Platform Shoe Fashion

Quiz: Stripper Shoes?
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Spruce Up Your Shoes
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In this vintage video from the 1970s, a bunch of average Brits were asked for their take on the burgeoning platform shoe trend that was sweeping the streets of London. Unwearable? Impossibly chic? Oh, they’ll definitely tell you what they think. What I wouldn’t do for some of these vintage pairs. [Pathe]

An Open Letter To Platform Shoes

Dear Platform Shoes,

I have an issue that I need to resolve with you, but I want to do it in a sensitive and productive way so I’m going to try to use “I-statements.” Did you ever learn about “I-statements,” Platforms? According to my 7th grade health textbook, you can solve any problem by simply filling in the blanks to this sentence: “When you _______, I feel _______.” Example: “When you borrow my favorite sweater without asking, I feel sad.” Or maybe “When you talk about Justin Bieber, I feel old.”

So here it is, Platforms: When you are the only type of shoe available at every shoe store, I feel cheated out of my inalienable right to a wide variety of heels… Keep reading »

Would You Wear: Bright Blue Walter Steiger Platforms?

These clown car Walter Steiger platforms will add an extra 4.5 inches to your height, but on the flip side, they may make you look like a circus freak. If you’re okay with that, then by all means, wobble forth in these mega-platforms. But if you’re less than sure-footed, may we suggest you start off on a less-steep wedge? What do you think? Would you wear a platform piled this high? [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

The Higher The Platform Shoe, The Closer To God


It turns out women have always submitted their feet to extreme fashion. This is a picture of a woman in Damascas, Syria, in 1873. Notice anything weird about her outfit? Oh, yeah — she’s wearing sky-high platform shoes. Those platforms, known as “chopines,” were designed to protect women’s shoes and dresses from being sullied on the city streets. But they also served as a social signifier — the taller your chopines, the better your social standing. Some were more than 20 inches high. That really is a killer platform. [TYWKIWDBI blog] Keep reading »

Platform Shoes Can Seriously Eff You Up

OK, ladies, I’m going as crazy for platform shoes right now as the next fashion-obsessed lady, but I will state for the record that I’m a heel wimp. When it comes to rocking heels, I may have a higher-the-better mentality at the moment, but to be perfectly honest, I probably wear elevated shoes about once or twice a week. So, personally, I was horrified to read some new statistics on our female British neighbors, and wondered if we have a foot health epidemic of sorts over here. In England, 200,000 women sought medical help for their feet, with 10,000 needing hospital treatment last year. More than half of these foot problems are directly related to high heels, and “over a third of women who experience pain in their feet are left with permanent damage.”

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