What are platform shoes?
Definition: Based on the term platform shoes There are many shoe models that have the following characteristics: They have a higher heel at the front of the shoe.
Which clothes can be combined with platform shoes?
Platform shoes are great for knee-length skirt or dress combine. The decisive factor for the effect of shoes with platform heels is on the one hand the height of the heels and on the other hand the size of the woman:
At first glance, platform shoes are ideal for short women due to their normally high heel height. However, her continuous heel ensures that the shoe looks quite chunky – and that’s exactly what little women should avoid and instead rather optically elastic shoes fall back on filigree heels. If you want to avoid platform shoes appearing too bulky, you can do so floor-length pants combine. That makes your legs really long! More tips for little women can be found here.
The history of platform shoes
Shoes with platform heels were first worn in 1937 – they were sandals with high cork soles. In 1938 these shoes were made in the USA as beach wear. In this case, platform shoes with a lower heel height for day shoes and models with higher platform soles for evening shoes were produced. In the beginning this shoe wasn’t easy to sell. The sight of the thick sole was too unusual. When actress Carmen Miranda, who always wore branded shoes, became famous in 1943, this made platform shoes popular. From August 1944 on, extremely high platform shoes with wooden soles were the fashion hit par excellence in Paris. As a result, this shoe became popular in the USA and England, while in France this fashion was lost. The trend of wearing platform shoes persisted in France and the United States until the 1950s. The shoes, which temporarily had extremely high heels, lost height again after 1975.
As Jonathan Walford notes in his book The Seductive Shoe, the platform sole began and ended as a beach sandal. Platform shoes were no longer used as day and evening shoes since 1954: they were replaced by rubber flip-flops.