Style on Trial: High platform sole shoes

Platform-soles

Eagle-eyed Fashion Sleuths that you all are, we're sure it hasn't escaped your notice that the platform sole is having a bit of a "moment" right now – and the higher the better. The shoes you see above are from Office (with the exception of the ones on the far right of the picture, which are from Topshop), who have embraced the platform with particular enthusiasm this season, but extravagant soles are everywhere right – and, of course, we're wondering what you think of them.

As for The Fashion Police, we're happy to welcome the super-high platforms into our lives, and, indeed, into our wardrobes, on the condition that if the platform is high, the heel be reasonably chunky, to help prevent us looking too much like strippers. Although the heels on the shoes above are all in the 5" plus range, the height of the platform will make them feel smaller, so they shouldn't be too hard to walk in – or that's the theory, anyway.

What do you think of them, though – and not just the ones above, but the trend for enormous platforms in general? Is it a crime of fashion, or are platforms innocent of all charges?

25 Comments

  • January 23, 2009

    Theresa

    It really all depends. Some that I’ve seen are cute beyond belief, but some designers put weird things on the platforms, or the shoes are just ugly, whether they are high or not.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Arielle

    I wouldn’t wear them personally – I don’t need the boost to my height and I tend to like heels with a slimmer silhouette.
    That said, I have no problems with the shoes on the right and the left, as the design flows. The shoes in the back I’m not as fond of, because the platform looks like it was attached afterwards when they realized they made the heel too long. 😉

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  • January 23, 2009

    Evelyn

    Can you imagine what would happen if your heel got caught in a grate? I just know I’d break my neck.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Holly

    Personally I adore the topshop shoes. If I could walk in them, I would snap them up in a second.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Kelly

    I second Arielle about the shoes in this post. I haven’t seen yet one plataform shoes here where I live, but I can’t wait to give it a try.

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  • January 23, 2009

    JC

    Think it depends, I’m not a fan of the ones that look a little awkward..like the black ones above..where the platform doesnt kind of floww with the shoe and instead looks like you’ve just stuck something on the bottom..whereas the grey looks more smoooth

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  • January 23, 2009

    SJ

    Too clunky for me. I like girly shoes.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Natasha

    Yeah, I think they’re ok, and I even own some. And really, they’re not particularly difficult to walk in…
    But, as I’ve said before, I hate the half-sole trend, seen here in the middle pair.
    The gray ones are too die for!

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  • January 23, 2009

    Kelly

    I like them on some shoes. Like the two bottoms shoes here, it works. It looks like the shoe is meant to be that way. But the top pair just looks like someone tacked on some extra crap to a shoe. It doesn’t look cohesive.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Siany

    I only have a couple of pairs of platforms. One pair are so high, that making a cup of tea feels weird because I’m nowhere near the kettle. Way too high up!
    It just feels strange no being able to feel your feet on the ground as you walk. Really unstable. And I do worry that I’ll break my ankle when I fall. Such a shame as they’re really lovely.

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  • January 23, 2009

    Belle

    I adore them. They suit everything I wear & they look killer..

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  • January 23, 2009

    Sarah

    I thought, “stripper shoes” as soon as I saw them. And not in a good way. I don’t mind platform shoes, but I agree with the Fashion Police that the heel should be chunkier.
    I just don’t like them. Throw the book at ’em.

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  • January 24, 2009

    ila, Bangalore

    yup they are sexy….love them all

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  • January 24, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m with Siany. Regarding the “stripperiness”, could the reason they’re associated with strippers be that they *are* really unstable so are usually worn by someone who has a pole to hang on to at the time?

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  • January 25, 2009

    Izzy

    okay I love platform shoes and I think I just found some platform shoe shoe porn
    http://www.bakersshoes.com/product.aspx?c=386&p=58757#

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  • January 25, 2009

    chocoholic

    I’m not a fan. I don’t mind them on other people, but they are a bit much for me.

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  • January 26, 2009

    Spenglern

    I love platforms above all other shoe styles (platfomr wedges being my favorite) and I always welcome new models. I hope platforms are here to stay!

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  • January 26, 2009

    Lisa

    Hate, hate, HATE the platform sole. That is all.

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  • January 26, 2009

    Zoe

    Hmmm, on a personal level I have no use for them. I’m already pretty tall and more then a little bit of a klutz. Shoes that make me appear to be 6 feet tall, but only when I’m upright and not grabbing a chair for support? Not worth it.
    But I can see the appeal. They are nice, and if people want that height well- good luck to your ankles I say!

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  • January 27, 2009

    livlah

    I Love them – but i think the heel really has to justify the platform.
    a chunky platform sole on a shoe with a 2.5 or 3 inch heel runs the risk of looking very clunky, very unsexy, and very Saturday Night Fever.
    If you go for the chunky platform, pick one with a sky high heel.

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  • March 13, 2009

    a woman

    I don’t personally love the look, but what’s wrong with it? I think the gray one looks appealing…

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  • March 29, 2009

    Krystine

    A chunky heel will not save you from looking like a stripper. I was in my favorite goth and alternative boutique one day when a stripper came in and bought the exact style of shoes I was considering (because they were the highest platforms with a chunky heel I could get without commissioning a custom project). She paid with approximately eighty or ninety singles.
    PleaserUSA’s Demonia line has much more practical and cooler platforms than these. I’ve had no problem walking in 5.5″ platform boots or even on stilts, but there’s no way I would attempt to walk in the above platforms. Give me level platforms or else.
    First, the above examples neither look nor feel comfortable. Second, the platform boots that I’m used to appear to increase one’s height a lot more than they actually are and draw a lot more attention. Third, the above examples are not sufficiently differentiated from a 3″ or 4″ stiletto (unlike the, ahem, goth/alternative boots and shoes in the Demonia line).
    In other words, I’d rather show up in a level 3.5″ platform boot that appears to be 5″ or so than an actual 5″ heel with a 1″ platform because the 3.5″ level platform is more comfortable, appears just as high and attracts attention better.

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  • March 29, 2009

    Krystine

    A chunky heel will not save you from looking like a stripper. I was in my favorite goth and alternative boutique one day when a stripper came in and bought the exact style of shoes I was considering (because they were the highest platforms with a chunky heel I could get without commissioning a custom project). She paid with approximately eighty or ninety singles.
    PleaserUSA’s Demonia line has much more practical and cooler platforms than these. I’ve had no problem walking in 5.5″ platform boots or even on stilts, but there’s no way I would attempt to walk in the above platforms. Give me level platforms or else.
    First, the above examples neither look nor feel comfortable. Second, the platform boots that I’m used to appear to increase one’s height a lot more than they actually are and draw a lot more attention. Third, the above examples are not sufficiently differentiated from a 3″ or 4″ stiletto (unlike the, ahem, goth/alternative boots and shoes in the Demonia line).
    In other words, I’d rather show up in a level 3.5″ platform boot that appears to be 5″ or so than an actual 5″ heel with a 1″ platform because the 3.5″ level platform is more comfortable, appears just as high and attracts attention better.

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  • March 29, 2009

    Krystine

    As for sexiness, platforms fall into the category of exotica. The more exotic, the better.

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  • July 26, 2009

    claire

    a platform nearly as large as the heel is NOT a good look Krystine.

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