There are some platform shoes that are (architecturally) true works of art. I know a couple of people who have purchased vintage shoes (some from the 1970's..when very exaggerated platform shoes and boots were on-trend), and literally displayed them in large shadow-box frames on the wall as "art".
While there are certainly some of the newest platform creations that are beautiful; I don't believe they are practical nor wearable. If designers created designer ski poles to go with their laughably high platform/heel footwear (so that the wearer could balance on the ski poles without toppling over and cracking an ankle)..that would work.
It isn't difficult to miss the fact that a great deal of the time models are either in a lying-down position (with their feet dangling in the air), or balancing themselves on walls, furniture or other models. Steadying one self is necessary with extremely high platforms, there's no doubt about that.
Every time I see little adorable, Victoria Beckham being stalked by the unscrupulous paparazzi..teetering, oh-so-carefully, on her mile-high platforms..it makes my veins hurt and I become anxious and worried for her ankles and tiny little knees. Falling from that height would be very bad for a delicate little thing like that. It would be bad for ALL of us, frankly.
It is against the law to wear platforms whilst driving in various regions around the globe..Japan being one of them. If one is involved in a car accident and discovered to have been wearing platforms, ultra high heels or flip-flops, they are cited for wearing unsafe footwear whilst operating a motor vehicle. One can not feel the pedals adequately with high heels and/or platforms and flip-flops come off too easily
may become lodged under a pedal.
Booties and any shoe/sandal that includes tight, supportive elastic or material that holds the platform/heels firmly would help quite a bit..but everything else is not practical. it just isn't.
Personally, I own several pair of what designers would refer to as " moderate" platforms. The platform itself is no more than 3/4's of an inch (maybe 1 inch, tops) and the heel is a stiletto-type of heel (no more than 4 - 5 1/2 inches). The thicker/sturdier the heel, the more comfortable, wearable and safer the shoe/boot will be.
The ultra trendy clothing and shoes are never going to stand the test of time and unless one is independently wealthy (or in the fashion industry with a non-stop influx of free or nearly-free garments and shoes at their disposal)..it just doesn't make good sense to invest in something that will be out-of-date by last Tuesday.
Modified (lower, less drastic) platform pumps, sandals, boots, even flip-flops..have been on-trend for quite a while and appear to be staying to a degree. What is being shown on runways (the haute couture, designer originals), are not what the masses will be sporting. Those looks are an extreme example of the newest trends and looks for the coming season and most designers and clothing manufacturers will use the basic styles and design elements, incorporating those into wearable and functional clothing. Extreme ultra skinny pants with an extreme midriff-baring jacket, revealing the breasts, (with 12" platforms) on a runway
Skinny cargos with a modified bolero jacket (covering the breasts), and a more wearable, 4" platform for the masses. Even the cat-walking, ultra chic, runway models do not wear what they wore on the runway in their "real" lives. If THEY don't wear it..and (most if not all) of the designers, themselves, do not wear it
who's wearing it?!
I like THIS platform shoe:
Christian Louboutin black patent leather modified platform pump:
THIS platform boot:
Christian Louboutin black suede modified platform boot with side buckle:
THIS is ridiculous, in my opinion:
Gaga style~super duper extreme platforms: