Platform Sandals are higher and more elaborate than ever. Really, they look like architecture these days. Petite women are cheerily raising their sights, while taller ones become veritable amazons. (Men are attracted to amazons.) Of course, it takes some practice to get around in these, but they tell me it can be done. Fellow women will check out your footwear before anything else, judging your style and de facto character by this extension of it. Men’s eyes run down a good leg to see the photo finish.
These sandals are more graceful than many, a simply gorgeous color, and very inexpensive. Crossing one’s legs will be effective. Think of them as an additional pair, something frivolous for your whites, neutrals and pastels. The subtlety will serve lighter, thinner fabrics, especially any cloth that moves with you. Upper and lining are polyester /polyurethane, the sole is rubber. 5.12” heel $70.00
Speaking of gorgeous color, two deep corals exemplify the orange trend of this season. Left to Right:
Mango Asymmetric Suede Sandals - Extremely inexpensive, the deep, delicious color will make any ensemble-whether you tend towards monochrome or play with this year’s color blocking. So much more sophisticated than hot pink. Find a coral lipstick. Keep your nail polish in the same palette, it doesn’t have to match-just no reds. Also in black and beige. Spike 4.3” heel, 0.8” platform. Upper- leather, insole- leather, sole- rubber. $65.00?!
Diane von Furstenberg Women’s Zia Platform Sandal - A strong statement for the woman who rules the roost (or wants to.) To be worn with structured clothing, larger jewelry, emphatic handbags. No wimps in these please. Everything must balance. Bold, sleek suede upper envelops your foot with a simplicity that speaks volumes. Suede upper. Leather lining. Leather and rubber sole. Slip-on closure. Heel height 4 ½”, platform height 1 ½”. There are 8 different colors of this model! $225.00
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Shoes for a star-glamorous, delicate (high, but not clumsy), shimmering. Grand with pencil pants, short skirts or showing beneath a gown. Prom shoes? Can be dressed up or down. You’ll have these until platforms go out, but save them for your daughter or niece-they’ll be back. Everyone likes a view. And these are sexy. Gold leather upper with crossing straps at the vamp. 4 ½” heel, 1” platform. $175.00
Party girl shoes. Strappy and happy. Ready to samba. Modern art exhibitions, opening nights, cocktails on the boat. For those who know who they are and exult in it. Retro feel. Try a longer, form fitting skirt and a cropped jacket. Ply with proportions. Fabulous with tanned feet and polished toes-try white or metallic polish? You’ll change it next week anyway. Vibrant color blocking of deep turquoise, lime and Kelly green. Suede/man-made patent upper. Strappy open-toes with adjustable ankle strap. 1-1/2″ covered platform, 5-1/4″ suede covered stiletto heel. Man-made sole. $110.00
European in flavor-that kind of worldly sophistication. Graceful, very open, with t-strap support. Rather a spectator sandal. Great with clean, bright colors, or black, white, gray. Splendid base for color blocking. Get out your widest brimmed hat and most enormous sunglasses. Wear sheathes, halter tops, skirts with slits. A bit retro looking but not at all old fashioned. 5” Covered heel, 1”platform. Chalk-white suede Black trims and platform, T-bar, open almond toe. Buckle fastening at ankle. 100% leather. $730.00
Va va voom. Carmen Miranda and Rita Hayworth would’ve died for these. Show-stopping footwear in lush color, high style and a sense of humor. Careful with accessories-don’t upstage, coordinate. Anything elaborate should be in muted color. You’ll inspire envy and elicit smiles. Handmade. 6” heel , 1.5” braided raffia island platform. Sea foam suede, papaya leather. Palm leaf design with open toe. Buckle fastening at ankle strap. $1075.00 (Also, opening photo).