Anywhere you look and everywhere you look, you will see ladies with those 5-inch platform shoes on their feet. Once upon a time it was normal to see flats and 1, 2, and 3 inch heels. Although they were born in the 1930’s, platform shoes are still young at heart. Back in the 1970’s both men and women wore platform shoes. Now there are all kinds of designer heels that are platforms. Platform shoes are shoes that have very thick soles. The soles of the shoes can be made out of rubber, plastic, cork or wood. The platforms made from wood are usually referred to as clogs. The only part of the shoe that is considered when deciding if it is a platform or not is not the heel, but the sole that rests under the main part of the foot. Platform shoes, whether they are 5 inch or smaller or larger, can be found with many different heel types. Usually platform soles are paired with wedge heels, but anymore you can find stiletto heels with a platform sole. Platform shoes also include those that are boots, not just dress heels.
The love for platform shoes came about in the late 1960’s, faded out during the 1980’s and came back into fashion in the 1990’s. There are many different style to the platform shoes, including espadrilles, oxfords, sneakers and sandals. Now, the most famous platform shoes would be the super elevated Gillie that came out in the 1990’s. Supermodel Naomi Campbell was wearing those as she sashayed down the catwalk only to find herself sprawled on the floor, having mis-stepped and fallen. Nowadays you can find celebrities still flashing their feet in stylish platform shoes. Alexander Wang’s platform boots are already being sported by both Madonna and Rhianna. For the ladies who wish to dare to try them out, but aren’t sure how to carry themselves on such elevation, there are even videos and wiki pages describing how to walk in platform shoes. 5-inch platform shoes have really made a hard comeback and it doesn’t look like they will be going away anytime soon.