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Style Trial: 60s-style platform shoes

This summer, as you can’t fail to have noticed, 60s style has been making a comeback. This is great news for lovers of that particular era – or just its style – because it means the stores have been full of mod-style shift dresses, graphic prints, and other items which evoke the spirit of the swinging 60s, but in a contemporary way which won’t leave you feeling like you’re in costume.

The stores are also, however, starting to fill up with a range of 60s-inspired platform shoes, like these ones:

60s style platform shoes

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On the plus side, these styles are very different from many of the other shoes that are currently in fashion. Footwear trends tend to move more slowly than clothing ones do, and once a particular shape has become “standard”, it’ll generally stick around for a few years. We’ve just emerged from an era in which the round or almost-toed “stripper platform” (Which is distinct from these 60s-style platforms, in that it has a very thin, high stiletto heel, rather than a shorter, chunkier one, which is roughly the same height as the platform sole) reigned supreme for a long time, into one in which pointed toe court shoes (without platforms) are once again dominating the shoe scene, and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That’s all well and good if you’re a fan of that style, but if not, these shoes might come as a refreshing change.

On the other hand, we find it a little hard to get past the fact that they look like this:

chunky platform shoes

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“Chunky” does’t even begin to describe them, does it? These look a little bit like they’ve been hewn out of a block of wood. They have more in common with something like the infamous Jeffrey Campbell ‘Litas‘ than they do with the current wave of ladylike court shoes, and trust us, that’s not a compliment.

Still, despite the height of the platform, we’d guess these are probably more comfortable than many of the other shoes that are currently in fashion, because the heel is wide and solid, and the sole is so thick the foot isn’t at too steep an angle, and that has to count for something, right?

What’s the verdict on these, Fashion Police Jurors? Do you find them fun, quirky, and a refreshing change from the more generic styles current in fashion? Or do you think they should’ve been left in the past, where they belong?

Are these shoes guilty or innocent of committing crimes of fashion?

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