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Thursday, February 14th 2013

Is It the End of the Platform?

Image by The Street Muse.

There’s no question that what happens outside the tents at NYFW has become almost as important as what happens inside (much to the chagrin of International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes), and what’s happening outside on the feet of editors, buyers, and bloggers is downright revolutionary.

Missing are the towering platforms made popular by the Olsen sisters and famous by Lady Gaga, replaced with single-soled pumps in pointed silhouettes. Sure, there were still a few platforms spotted, but the trend is a decided move away from what Manolo Blahnik once called “furniture shoes” and toward simpler lines. And the beauty of it is the statement is still there.

The pairs we’ve seen have come with interesting accents and well-placed cutouts, brilliant prints and loafer-inspired, choked vamps. And the heels are still high, they’re just not that high, brought down to earthly levels by their lack of platform boost.

We’re not totally ready to give up our platforms (how could we, when Giuseppe Zanotti is turning out styles like this?), but the simpler look certainly has its appeal.


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