Platform Shoes

I’ve always loved platform . Being only 5′2″ high 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.

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Marni patent leather wedges

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.

Platform shoes became immensely popular in the and in the early 1990s re-introduced the high heeled 5″ & 9″ platform shoe.

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!

Shoes_CM.jpgCheck out this book Shoes by (1989)

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  1. Make Do & Mend
    May 28, 2008 at 20:20

    I love them to and today spotted some rather nice ones in Zara – a bit of a pierre hardy rip off but sort of japanese geisha too!

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