Attention Platforms: This Has Gone Too Far
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Attention Platforms: This Has Gone Too Far

What’s with all the extra-exaggerated, extra ugly platforms these days? Wouldn’t these sandals be cuter and more practical with a few inches chopped off the bottom?

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Platforms by ugly shoe god Jeffrey Campbell, Topshop

Are people no longer driving, where you need to feel how much pressure you’re putting on the pedals? Are people not walking down stairs, where it’s helpful to feel when your foot hits the step so you don’t tumble to your death, Talky Tina-style? Are people not considering how ridiculous all this will seem in a year or two? WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!

cincinnati fashion shoes blog Ralph Lauren sandals, Net-A-Porter

As an aside, I bought a pair of sandals exactly like these back in 1999. They were from American Eagle and cost a whopping (to me at the time) $35. I’m not sure I’m ready to re-live those days–especially at 17 times the cost–just yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against a reasonable 1/4″ to 1.5″ platform, but FOUR inches? Come on! Do you like super exaggerated platforms or are they as crazy as I think they are?


  • Lisa

    April 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I am not fond of the ankle breakers either. I’m tall enough and don’t feel the need to go wobbling around on trendy shoes. I’ll stick to flats thank you.

    • tamia

      April 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      I appreciate a good heel ’cause I’m a bit of a shorty, but I’m not interested in BREAKING MY NECK thankyouverymuchJefferyCampbell.

  • Ashlei

    April 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Haha! I love this post. I think the sky high platforms are cool to look at(I would display them as artwork in my house, lol) but they’d be very impractical for me to wear as they just don’t fit into my lifestyle. I’m on my feet all the time- from work ( I’m in retail), to running errands, to dancing the night away 😉 four inch platforms just won’t cut it.


    • tamia

      April 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Agreed. I think they’re impractical for anyone who’s lifestyle includes walking more than 3 feet at a time!

  • E in Flats

    April 2, 2012 at 2:40 am


  • Emily Lyn

    April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t mind a bit of platform, but I think part of that is a fondness stemming from my own late 90s footwear. The ones that make me cringe are these crazy looking types:

    • tamia

      April 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Ah, the ’90s. Me and my knockoff Spice Girls platform sneakers are reminiscing right there with ya.

  • Resa

    April 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Ha! Delurking to say thank you for this! Granted, I am at the other end of the spectrum, (generally, in flats so flat they might be concave), but enough is enough already.

    • tamia

      April 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Right? How much higher can they get before walking in them requires some kind of special license?

  • Savannah

    April 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I love a good platform but I think things are getting out of hand. I love platforms because I am short and I’m carrying more weight than I think a stiletto can handle AND I walk pretty much everywhere. I also have high arches and plats do help with that. All that said this ish is getting redic! Your shoes need not be so high that you need a step stool to get into them.

    I also think for those of us who lived through the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s…it’s been done!

    • tamia

      April 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Exactly! I don’t have anything against platforms–I definitely appreciate the shock absorption–but seriously. SERIOUSLY.

  • Tyra

    April 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I swear you read my mind again! I, too, love a good wedge/platform and prefer it over a heel. But, good grief! I was starting to feel like a grandma 🙂

  • Dee Harris

    April 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! Finally someone has voiced what I’ve been feeling! I don’t understand how people think they look cute. I see too many women with beautiful outfits ruined by big chunky platforms these days. It’s particularly unflattering on the super slim ladies. I personally think they know it looks ridiculous, but some folks are suckers for a trend. I AINT HAVIN’ IT!! LOL!

  • Trista

    April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I dabbled in some platform sneakers in the early 90s and now look back at my ridiculousness (although Isabel Marant has apparently brought them back?). Maybe it’d be different if the platform had some sort of utility or even display function, but it’s just a giant, solid block. I’m a shorty so I love heels, but these just make me feel unnatural.

    • tamia

      April 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I’m drawn to the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers completely against my will, but the shoes with the “giant, solid block” (apt description!) make me feel like Herman Munster.

  • Michelle

    April 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    So True! I agree that these platforms are outta control. Lol! They are so big and masculine. Maybe flattering on Rupaul but not me!

    • tamia

      April 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      They’re SO clunky. Definitely doesn’t work with my chicken legs!

  • Steph

    April 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Clearly y’all don’t remember the 70s. Now THOSE were some freaky platforms!

    • tamia

      April 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Agreed! That’s why it’s so upsetting–didn’t we learn anything the first time around?