I don’t know how many of you have realized the great heights our platforms are reaching again. It seems the Spice Girls have called and want their Lisa Frank shoes back. Kidding. Maybe they’ve teamed up with Jeffrey Campbell (my current lust-the shoes, not the man). Nineties, much?
My favorite trend this summer regarding shoes, tall and small, is mixing leather and wood or cork, which platforms and wedges take very kindly to.
My other favorite part of this look is the often rivet-adorned leather shoe. For some reason, the shiny metal on the smooth leather, accompanied by wood grain is scrumptious, if i do say so myself. I attribute this texture and material combination love to my education in chairs, Eames Chairs. Thanks DAD!! He’s been obsessed with mid century modern design since before I can remember.
These are the ones we’ve all become familiar with since the fall, the LITA. I’m mostly in love with the ones with tapestry kitties…. and for the summer collection, you guessed it, puppies. The wooden heel is vaguely reminiscent of the seventies platform which was also found in cork.
What I mostly love about platforms and wedges are the contouring and shaping of the heel (Exhibit B). It just adds some style, excitement, and drama.
The platform is not merely a 1970’s convention, but were greatly appreciated in the 40’s.
There is this shoe company, I’m very sad to say has gone out of business, but when I think of wondrous 1940’s lifts, I think of these. Natural comfort: adorable and dreadfully comfortable.
Retro peep-toe, little slices in repetitive diagonal motion across the toe box. LOVE!
Tips for wearing gigantic shoes with heels, like the Litas:
When approaching uneven ground or steps, walk with your toe, not your whole foot. This saves my wobbly ankles daily. (I have found you out, Rachel Zoe!)
Ooh, and the taller the better, happy shoe-ing!