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Platform Shoes

What are platform shoes?

Definition: Based on the term platform shoes There are many shoe models that share the following characteristic: they have a higher heel at the front of the shoe.

Which garments can be combined with platform shoes?

Platform shoes are ideal for knee length skirt or dress combine. Decisive for the effect of shoes with plateau heels is on the one hand the height of the heels, on the other hand also the size of the woman:

At first glance, platform shoes may be ideal for small women because of their usually high heel height. However, her full-length heel ensures that the shoe looks rather chunky – and that’s exactly what small women should avoid and instead rather optically stretching shoes resort to filigree heels. Who wants to avoid that plateau shoes seem too bulky, can do this floor-length pants combine. That makes really long legs! More tips for small women can be found here.


The story of the platform shoes

Shoes with platform heels were first worn in 1937 – it was a pair of sandals with high cork soles. In 1938 these shoes were made as beachwear in the USA. In this case, platform shoes with lower heel height were produced for day shoes, and models with higher platform soles for evening shoes. At first, this shoe was not easy to sell. Too unusual was the sight of the thick sole. When the actress Carmen Miranda, who always wore brand shoes, became famous in 1943, this made plateau shoes popular. From August 1944, extremely high platform shoes with wooden soles were the fashion hit par excellence in Paris. As a result, this shoe became popular in the US and England, while in France this fashion was lost. The trend to wear platform shoes lasted until the 1950s in France and the US. The shoes, which had transitional extremely high heels, lost after 1975 again in height.

As Jonathan Walford notes in his book, The Seductive Shoe, the platform sole began and ended its existence as a beach sandal. Since 1954, platform shoes were no longer used as daywear and evening shoes: they were replaced by rubber flip flops.

Platform shoes are relatively eye-catching shoes, where especially the front sole is extremely high, but usually also the rear heel has an above-average height. In addition to the platform shoe, there are also platform boots or sandals.

Classification of the category platform shoes

At the beginning of the seventies the fashion world was shaken by many innovations. From the brave, homely style of the 50s and 60s, the fashion changed in this decade to something innovative. Stylistic elements from this turbulent era are often taken up by the designers of our fashion.

Features of the platform shoe

In addition to the flare pants also celebrate the plateau shoes a revival. At the same time, as today, the dizzying height of the platform shoes attracts attention. In the form of the plateau shoe can vary so; Characteristic of him is his enormous height. This is achieved by either increasing the whole sole or just the area under the forefoot and the heel. It is not messed up but padded, because the shoe can not be high enough. So it came in the mid 90s to the fact that sneakers were raised by platform soles up to 30cm. Of course, this insane height is not typical for all platform shoes. The commercial plateau shoe is increased between 15 cm and 20 cm, Paradoxically, platform shoes are very comfortable, even if you do not even look at them. This is because not only the heel is increased, but the entire running surface of the foot. So the viewer has in reality only the impression that the shoes are so incredibly high. In truth, the shoes are not so high, as the Funiveau is evenly increased. Thus, the heel of a platform shoe is not necessarily higher than that of a conventional high heel. [gallery columns="4"]