Platform Not Dead

Leandra Medine | March 13, 2012

Though New York did suggest footwear may be taking a turn for the uncomfortable what with the overwhelming resurgence of ground-level-shoe-heel and pointed toe pump, in Paris, the platform still seemed very much alive. At left, Miu Miu pays an exhausting homage to the 70s in the same capacity Balenciaga’s Pre Fall relives 1982. The shoes are, how you say, icing on that cake. The groovy heel is reminiscent of something Yves Saint Laurent tried to do a few seasons ago–it’s back and chunkier though–and the satin bow ties the color-blocked shoe together in a package that only reads, For The Miu Miu Girl. At right, Louis Vuitton does something fairly similar with a–note this on both sides–square toe platform to compliment a fancy pants military inspired collection where it sounds like the buzzword is Train. This should yield a general call to put the credit card down and look back to your current belongings. The shoes you’ve got still have a decent couple seasons under their cinderblocks.

And in other shews (shoes x news = shews): I am not, however, above the continuing manifestation of senior citizen approved heels on a young, sleek, albeit long leg. Beyond the rising fame of Valentino’s kitten heel, a general interest in the resurgence of the chunkier mini heel started last summer when I found myself gravitating toward a pair of Ferragamo shoes fit for not my grandmother, but her mother. It was only a matter of months before Chanel’s version fell onto my lap and subsequently foot. This was followed by Stella McCartney’s resort push. And that’s just a little biography outlining the happenings of my foot. At left here, Chloe, right Valentino. Ultimately, the moral of this story is to have comfort seekers rejoice in the notion that you don’t have to give up your natural inclinations, that is, avoiding death by shoe, for the sake of your foots well being. And that deserves a hooray.


    "senior citizen approved heels" – you are so hilarious!

    xo, Tina

  • blue roses

    when will someone design a disco stu inspired shoe complete with live goldfish???? WHEN?

    ah, the quintessential chunky ferragamo kitten heel…. i have a collection and am in love.

    pure menopausal grandma elegance.

  • Alexandra

    LOVE the Valentino mini-heel. That's more my speed. Chances are I wouldn't go careening down a flight of stairs in those. Count me in!

  • modelovers

    The Shoes are all great!


  • Meganne

    So the two extremes are now in style huh? I've got to say, I am not totally won over by the grandma shoes just yet, but give me time and I'm sure I'll be wearing them happily and gushing about how comfortable they are.
    Material Fixations

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • Man Repeller

    Write a letter to Meadham Kirchoff!

  • Domonique Wilson

    Oooh really not a fan of the kitten type heel even if it is a little chunkier, however I'm intrigued to see if this trend picks up!


  • Reptilia

    They are really different but i like them!!
    I prefer the first pair!


  • Aurélie and Angelo

    Love the Valentinos!

  • maree

    I adore your blog – and it is one of my daily must have top reads! And though he won't ever admit it, my fiance reads it also for your witty commentary. And (gasp) he even mentioned it to a fellow female co-worker at work to read – straight men supporting man repelling! Victory! 🙂

  • ImportKt

    rock both. In kitten heels, your enemies never see you coming- the chunkier variation makes stomping heads a breeze. at 5 feet tall, the platform isn't a trend, its an island of paradise I dreamt would return to my existence and make all my other fantasies of wide leg ethereal goddessness come true. Take that apocolyptic naysayers- this is the year of actual magic.

  • Chrissy

    The shews comparison great. Kitten deserves a comeback.

  • Galipette.

    Hey girl hey! Fab post as always~ Long live the platform! A little conundrum for ya: I've been struggling for years in terms of "proper" footwear for traveling, i.e. a flat or wedge that won't kill my feet. Last time I traveled to France my feet hated me for insisting on fashionable footwear. Yes, there is always the ballet flat but sometimes they're just so mehhhh. To celebrate my 'dirty 30' I'll be going to San Francisco. My question to you is: Does a comfortable/fashionable walking shoe exist?!?!

  • Lauren@Styleseer

    I applaud the resurgence of senior citizen approved heels (just bought a pair of Vara pumps) especially since I am rapidly approaching senior citizenship myself.

  • WearAbouts

    HOORAY! love it, Leandra! you're always so fun to read <3
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  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Long live the platforms. They make me feel like I have superpowers!

  • anna

    ooopss! maybe there's something wrong with me… but I hate those Miu Miu shoes!!! and when I say hate, I really mean it! and I'm still wondering who is gonna wear them?!?!? (and now is the weird moment when a bunch of women say: I will! hehe)

  • Jennifer

    Haha shews. I love those little Valentino ones. Don't think my cankles can quite pull off that type of shoe, but I can admire from afar. x

  • Anonymous

    yeah valentinos r tdf.

  • Man Repeller

    Isabel Marant sneakers? Supergas? My thing with travel shoes is that it needs to be an easy off/on shoe, know what I'm sayin?

  • amarabubz

    i can't decide if i actually love the shoes or if it's just the fact that i love fashion

  • Julie Khuu

    Oh thank God! I need all the height I can get in these teeny tiny frame! Platforms forever! That buckled pair is such fairytale fun! Great post!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  • Inés

    Well, I confess… I’m a shoe freak… I don’t even know how many pairs I own…I want/ need all of them!

    Big hugs!

  • Bougiehippie

    LMAO! A kitten heel is for a girl who has a better chance of marrying chocolate than a man.

  • Annie

    gotta love those platforms!

    X, Annie

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  • Anonymous

    love the wording!

  • Quash

    That Chloe shoe reminds me of the first pair of ankle strap "heels" I had when I was about seven years old. I shall embrace this trend and never let it go!

  • Sharon

    I want high heels!

  • Ms.Fashionista

    I myself would much rather pull off a chunky platform compared to a little kitten heel, but these ones here are pretty rad!



  • monkeyshines ♥

    amazing picks!


  • Anonymous

    So I found the most man-repelling shoes. Pointed with metal spikes on the heels, $800 and 3 pounds per shoe. Six pounds of pure anti-man if you know what I mean. Wonder what that can do to an arch 🙂 LOL

  • Anthology Collection

    Good to hear. Not sure what I would do without the ol' platform heel.

  • Cindy K

    I LOVE the chunky mini heel! I'm a bit behind so thanks for posting. xo

  • Kesly

    I love platforms! They're not only cute, but also very easy to walk in!

  • matchalattewardrobe

    Yes, let's fight this senior citizen approved heels trend, I can't even look at those.

  • Collections

    ummm LOVING the senior citizen heels.


  • Designer Clothing Online

    Cant say that we are too keen on the senior citizen heels. They look very comfortable though!

    Womens Clothing Online

  • TJ

    Such unfortunate looking shoes…

  • boocat

    I love being able to walk in my heels, so two inches is as high as I ever go.

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