Nothing goes better with all things Flare Street than platform shoes!!
They made their fashion debut in the 1600’s and not again until the 1930’s when designer Salvatore Ferragamo, made “rainbow” platforms in honor of Judy Garland- but nothing compares to the flamboyant and brightly coloured platforms of the 1970’s!
Here’s a quick look at some of the most memorable platform shoes in recent history.
In the 1960’s rebellious youth started thrifting and making their own clothing and by the late 1960’s and early 70’s designers had caught and started making some truly exceptional shoes to boot.
Fred Slatten- the king of crazy high heeled platforms created ornate art out of his shoes.
If you were looking for gravity defying footwear in the 70’s, chances are Terry de Havilland would be your guy! Cobbler to the stars with a knack for innovation in design. He’s created art in the shape of a personalized platform for Bowie, Kate Moss and everyone who is anyone!
Huge designers weren’t the only ones making fab platforms. Marvin Gaye would often be seen wearing his signature silver and rhinestoned shoes that his brilliant wife Janis made for him.
Flares aren’t the only thing that pair fabulously with platforms. Iconic Mary Quant was known to pair her stockings and accessories with the popular shoe.
It is an art to walk in these shoes. And despite being gorgeous and going with literally every outfit, these disco dancing heels have been coined “ankle busters” by some doctors.
Platforms made a solid comeback among many women like Cher, Jackie Onassis and Bianca Jagger, in the 70’s.
They were also extremely popular and widely associated with Glam Rock and worn by stage performers like KISS, Ziggy Stardust, Queen, Sly Stone, Jimmy Page and Elton John.
It’s no wonder why platforms are the official footwear of the 70’s and we couldn’t be more excited for the current comeback they are making!
Check out this Pinterest board that we made for you! Platforms Galore!
We also made you a playlist to listen to the next time you're feeling groovy!