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Worn by Lebanese women between the 14th and 17th centuries, the straps were often made from velvet, leather, or silk while the wooden stilts were decorated with silver or pearl. The ancient Indian Paduka, which translates to footprints of the Gods, was often sported by the upper echelon as a way to mark their status. The wooden platforms were sometimes carved into different animal shapes and decorated with ivory and silver. This style of boots are often worn today on stage for Peking opera.

Platform shoes enjoyed some popularity in the United States, Europe and the UK from the s to the s but not nearly to the extent of their popularity from the s to the s. In the early s, Moshe Morris Kimel designed the first modern version of the platform shoe for actress Marlene Dietrich. The design soon became very popular amongst Beverly Hills elite. In , The Rainbow was a platform sandal designed by famous shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo.

The shoe was a crafted using uniquely shaped slabs of cork that were covered in suede to build up the wedge and gold kidskin was used for the straps. In the s, platforms were designed with a high arch, but as exemplified here, they originated with the heel elevated only slightly above the toes. The platform brings a heavy looking foundation to the wearer that is in direct polarity to the stiletto heel.

With its reconfiguration of the arch and structure of attenuated insubstantiality, the high heel suggests the anti-gravitational effect of the dancer en pointe. On the contrary, the platform displays weightiness more like the flat steps of modern dance. In the s, platform shoes were not favored in the same way that they used to be. Fashion returned to the more elegantly shaped shoe. A resurgence of interest in platform shoes as fashion began as early as appearing in both advertisements and articles in issues of Seventeen magazine , and continued through to in Europe and Britain.

The fad lasted even further in the US, lasting until as late as the early s. In , at Bowery in Manhattan, Carole Basetta developed a special mold for making platform shoes and was successful in selling custom-made shoes to people such as David Bowie, David Johanson of the New York Dolls, and several other punk artists.

Although platform shoes did provide added height without the discomfort of spike heels, they seem to have been worn primarily for the sake of attracting attention. Bowie is regarded as an icon of androgynous fashion, noted for his queering of gender and performance style. While a wide variety of styles were popular during this period, including boots, espadrilles , oxfords , sneakers , and sandals of all description, with soles made of wood, cork , or synthetic materials, the most popular style of the late s and early s was a simple quarter-strap sandal with tan water buffalo -hide straps, on a beige suede-wrapped cork wedge-heel platform sole.

These were originally introduced under the brand name, "Kork-Ease", but the extreme popularity supported many imitators. Remarkably, there was very little variation in style, and most of that variation was limited to differences in height. As the fad progressed, manufacturers like Candie's stretched the envelope of what was considered too outrageous to wear, while others, like Famolare and Cherokee of California , introduced "comfort" platforms, designed to combine the added height of platforms with the support and comfort of sneakers, or even orthopedic shoes, and by the time the fad finally fizzled in the late s, girls and women of all ages were wearing them.

It may also be a by-product of this fad that Scandinavian clogs , which were considered rather outrageous in the late s and early s, had become classic by the s. Vivienne Westwood , the UK fashion designer, re-introduced the high heeled platform shoe into high-fashion in the early s ; it was while wearing a pair of Super Elevated Gillie with five-inch platforms and nine-inch heels that the super model, Naomi Campbell , fell on the catwalk at a fashion show.

The all-girl group was often seen in tall platform sneakers and boots. The footwear brand, Buffalo, created the famous platform sneakers worn by members of the group. The United Kingdom and European experience of platform shoes was somewhat different from that of the United States. Britain generally is not as concerned with women's feet appearing as small as possible; [21] the long pointed shoes of the early s, giving an elongated look to the foot, have been more popular in the US than in the UK.

The platform shoe resurfaced in popularity in the early s when the YSL Tribute Sandal appeared in , quickly gaining popularity by celebrities and the fashion world for its sex appeal and added comfort of a platform sole. During the late s , platform boots became fashionable due to a resurgence of interest in s fashion. These included so-called "nothing shoes" with clear Perspex soles, and mule sandals.

Reconstruction of a 16th-century Venetian chopine. On display at the Shoe Museum in Lausanne. A cantabrian albarcas is a rustic wooden shoe in one piece, which has been used particularly by the peasants of Cantabria , northern Spain.

The bottom view, showing the "teeth" of Geta. An example of a high wedge-heeled sandal. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Platform boots. This article has multiple issues. The most famous predecessor of platform shoes are the Zoccoli in Venice of the 15th century, designed with the functional goal of avoiding wet feet when the pavements were flooded.

Depending on the current shoe fashion platform shoes are more or less popular. In the s they were widespread in both genders in Europe. Today, they are preferred by females. After their use in Ancient Greece for raising the height of important characters in the Greek theatre and their similar use by high-born prostitutes or courtesans in London in the sixteenth century, platform shoes, called Pattens , are thought to have been worn in Europe in the eighteenth century to avoid the muck of urban streets.

Of the same practical origins are Japanese geta. There may also be a connection to the buskins of Ancient Rome , which frequently had very thick soles to give added height to the wearer.

Another example of a platform shoe that functioned as protection from dirt and grime is the Okobo- "Okobo" referring to the sound that the wooden shoe makes when walking.

Dating back to 18th century Japan, the Okobo was worn by maikos, or geishas, during their apprenticeships. Similar to the Okobo, wooden Kabkabs were named after the sound they made upon marble flooring. Worn by Lebanese women between the 14th and 17th centuries, the straps were often made from velvet, leather, or silk while the wooden stilts were decorated with silver or pearl. The ancient Indian Paduka, which translates to footprints of the Gods, was often sported by the upper echelon as a way to mark their status.

The wooden platforms were sometimes carved into different animal shapes and decorated with ivory and silver. This style of boots are often worn today on stage for Peking opera. Platform shoes enjoyed some popularity in the United States, Europe and the UK from the s to the s but not nearly to the extent of their popularity from the s to the s.

In the early s, Moshe Morris Kimel designed the first modern version of the platform shoe for actress Marlene Dietrich. The design soon became very popular amongst Beverly Hills elite. In , The Rainbow was a platform sandal designed by famous shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo. The shoe was a crafted using uniquely shaped slabs of cork that were covered in suede to build up the wedge and gold kidskin was used for the straps. In the s, platforms were designed with a high arch, but as exemplified here, they originated with the heel elevated only slightly above the toes.

The platform brings a heavy looking foundation to the wearer that is in direct polarity to the stiletto heel. With its reconfiguration of the arch and structure of attenuated insubstantiality, the high heel suggests the anti-gravitational effect of the dancer en pointe. On the contrary, the platform displays weightiness more like the flat steps of modern dance. In the s, platform shoes were not favored in the same way that they used to be. Fashion returned to the more elegantly shaped shoe.

A resurgence of interest in platform shoes as fashion began as early as appearing in both advertisements and articles in issues of Seventeen magazine , and continued through to in Europe and Britain.

The fad lasted even further in the US, lasting until as late as the early s. In , at Bowery in Manhattan, Carole Basetta developed a special mold for making platform shoes and was successful in selling custom-made shoes to people such as David Bowie, David Johanson of the New York Dolls, and several other punk artists. Although platform shoes did provide added height without the discomfort of spike heels, they seem to have been worn primarily for the sake of attracting attention. Bowie is regarded as an icon of androgynous fashion, noted for his queering of gender and performance style.

While a wide variety of styles were popular during this period, including boots, espadrilles , oxfords , sneakers , and sandals of all description, with soles made of wood, cork , or synthetic materials, the most popular style of the late s and early s was a simple quarter-strap sandal with tan water buffalo -hide straps, on a beige suede-wrapped cork wedge-heel platform sole. These were originally introduced under the brand name, "Kork-Ease", but the extreme popularity supported many imitators.

Remarkably, there was very little variation in style, and most of that variation was limited to differences in height. As the fad progressed, manufacturers like Candie's stretched the envelope of what was considered too outrageous to wear, while others, like Famolare and Cherokee of California , introduced "comfort" platforms, designed to combine the added height of platforms with the support and comfort of sneakers, or even orthopedic shoes, and by the time the fad finally fizzled in the late s, girls and women of all ages were wearing them.

It may also be a by-product of this fad that Scandinavian clogs , which were considered rather outrageous in the late s and early s, had become classic by the s.

Vivienne Westwood , the UK fashion designer, re-introduced the high heeled platform shoe into high-fashion in the early s ; it was while wearing a pair of Super Elevated Gillie with five-inch platforms and nine-inch heels that the super model, Naomi Campbell , fell on the catwalk at a fashion show. The all-girl group was often seen in tall platform sneakers and boots. The footwear brand, Buffalo, created the famous platform sneakers worn by members of the group. The United Kingdom and European experience of platform shoes was somewhat different from that of the United States.

Britain generally is not as concerned with women's feet appearing as small as possible; [21] the long pointed shoes of the early s, giving an elongated look to the foot, have been more popular in the US than in the UK. The platform shoe resurfaced in popularity in the early s when the YSL Tribute Sandal appeared in , quickly gaining popularity by celebrities and the fashion world for its sex appeal and added comfort of a platform sole.

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