posted by: brianka in Christian Louboutin Shoes, High heels, Platforms, Prada & MiuMiu Shoes, Pumps, Sandals, Slingbacks, Spring 2009 Shoes, Trend Alert, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Shoes on June 1st, 2009
Given recent runway tendencies toward ever-tottering shoe heights (the Spring 2009 Runway was notorious for having shoes styles that were positively dangerous to models’ walking health), it should come as no surprise that platform shoes are making a serious play for your Spring.Summer 2009 shoe-dollar.
This ‘higher the better’ silhouette on women’s heels is anything but subtle this season. And, if you want to fly with the angels, several of this season designer offerings are about as close as you will get while still technically keeping your feet on the ground.
Let’s begin with the now-infamous ankle-breakers from Prada – and possibly the most dangerous shoes on the Spring 2009 Runways. I highly recommend avoiding the slipper-socks that turned these into dangerous devices of runway torture.
Next we have Prada’s near-cousin, Miu Miu; with an added nod to one of this season’s textural details – Bamboo.
Now we come to Yves St. Laurent. Well, given the incredible popularity of the YSL Tribute platforms, the Tribtoo’s are pretty much a gimme in the platform category. Plus, they have such a clean and elegant line, how can you go wrong? But, if you want something more trendy, YSL’s got you covered there as well with gladiators, strappy sandals and caged styles.
And, of course, I would never forget Msr. Louboutin. I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t include a selection from shoe-dom’s current golden boy and purveyor footwear both feminine and fetish-inspired: Not single. Not double. Yes, it’s true, these are triple-platform pumps.
Can I get a Hoo-Rah!
But, lately, I can’t seem to stop ogling offerings from Guiseppe Zanotti. These are definitely not in my immediate future shoe-budget, and I’m not sold on the yellow buckle detail – Oh, and there’s that whole silly little issue of walking on a 1.5-inch heel *eek* to consider. But, oh, that middle shoe is so pretty! (My weakness for oxfords is definitely showing here. Unfortunately, my ankles are wobbling just looking at these)
This is just a small sampling of the many everyday-extreme platforms available this year. Every time I turn around, there are more offerings – from high-end indulgences to more affordable (think Betsey Johnson & Jessica Simpson) splurges.
I believe that the shortest platforms shown here are 3/4 inches. Many of theses are actually closer to a 1.25 inch or greater lift under the toe; making these styles suitable for experienced heel wearers only.
These bring to mind a statement I encountered last fall, but whose original source I cannot recall (Paraphrased from memory):
“If models, trained to walk in such (exaggerated) heels, are unable to do so, what hope is there for us mere mortals?”