Standing taller, beyond the time!
The word platform has its origin in the French word – Plateau which gives an obvious logic to Platform Shoes, as in shoes, boots and/or sandals with thick soles. Such shoes have a usual height of 3 to 10 cm. or more and the thick soles are uniformly attached to the entire shape of the shoe that its evenness would make the person wearing them look taller. Platform shoes have been known to many cultures since Ancient times. The ancient Greeks used to wear Patterns and ancient Romans wore the thick soled Buskins. In those days, the platform shoes were worn by many, from Greek Theatre’s tragic heroes to courtesans, High profile Romans to Pharaohs of Egypt.
If we talk in terms of popularity, there were numerous designs and styles of such shoes with soles made of wood, cork or synthetic materials that were popular among both genders in U.K., U.S.A. and other countries across Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. However, the best extent of popularity of these shoes was seen during the late 1960s until 1980s. Ms. Vivienne Westwood, a designer from U.K. is credited for re-introducing the high-heeled and thick soled Platform shoes back in high fashions, early in the 1990s. However it was ‘Spice Girls’ women band members who displayed the ‘lavishness’ of such shoes while they performed that sky-rocketed the 5-inches platforms’ popularity to new highs.
A celebrated “Celebrity”!
It is worth mentioning that besides Spice Girls, celebrities like Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga and Carmen Miranda have a large collection of some exotically designed platform shoes. Today, the platform shoes. Do you remember MJ’s ‘Tilt’ in one of his most popular song videos? A gravity-defying shoe accessory designed on the same principles as platform shoes was made to fit in the rear portion of his feet, which made him tilt amazing 45° towards the ground!
To sum it all up, Platform Shoes spell style & elegance and hence are here to stay!