I’ve always loved platform shoes. Being only 5′2″ high shoes make me feel powerful (and taller) but it’s the platform or wedge that really works for me. I think if I had a high arch I would have loved the stiletto heel.
Platforms have been around forever and I mean centuries. The Greeks first wore them in theatre plays – the more important the character the higher the platform. In the 15th & 16th century high-born prostitutes or courtesans in Venice wore platform shoes.
You could even be divorced for wearing high shoes. Charles ll passed the 1670 Act of Parliament – The Marriage Act, which said that women who “betray into matrimony” an Englishman by use of “scents, paints, artificial teeth, false hair … high-heeled shoes” risked having their marriages declared null, and they were subject to the same punishment as witches.
I think platforms look great in the summer – they look great with jeans and the open toe platform can look great with a dress. Since I’m usually spending most of my day running around London – the platform will be the perfect alternative to my flats!
Check out this book Shoes by Colin McDowell (1989)