Aim for sky-high height in a pair of women's platform shoes. Thick soles ensure maximum comfort, while the designs charm with sumptuous velvet and crystal adornments. Dance the night away in black sandals from Miu Miu or revive the 70's in Balenciaga's ankle boots.
WALK THROUGH THE HISTORY
Platform shoes have been long-established in fashion history, as the first design dates back to 15th century Venice. With thick soles ranging from ten to a towering fifty centimeters in height, the chopine shoe had first a practical, then a largely social function. While the added height protected Venetian women's clothing from mud-covered streets, a high platform soon become associated with wealth and the upper class. Throughout the centuries, the iconic footwear underwent a wide range of culture-influenced styles.
The first modern platform shoe is noted in the 1930's when Morris Kimmel created a ravishing golden pair for Marlene Dietrich. The design inspired Salvatore Ferragamo to craft 'The Rainbow', a sandal with a multicolored cork sole. During the late 60's and 70's, however, the platform heel experienced peak popularity. Both men and women wore the elevated party shoes in vibrant tones, teamed with flared jeans and striped T-shirts. Nowadays, the design has transformed into sporty flatforms and graces the feet of street style icons all over the globe.
HOW TO COMBINE THE DESIGNER SHOES
As platforms can become a quintessential part of every woman's closet, we looked to fashion icons for style inspiration. Make a head-turning appearance in elevated pumps from Jimmy Choo and a printed jumpsuit to mirror Kate Hudson's retro-chic format. Alternatively, admire the likes of Eva Longoria for a perfect dinner-appropriate ensemble. Correlate over-the-knee boots with black leggings, a long-sleeved shirt and sleek blazer. Add earrings and bracelets from Repossi for an elegant finish.
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