It’s been said that when the economy is worse, women wear higher heels. The past few years have definitely seen the size of platforms and crazy styles swelling at about the same rate as the national deficit. But often, platforms can be chunky and clutter the visual cleanliness of a look -- not to mention, the higher the sole of your foot is from the ground, the more your center of balance is impaired. Walk steady and fill your closet with shoes that are as sensible as they are beautiful.
Marauder Ankle Boot Often, platforms look good because when done correctly, they add visual length to the foot and the illusion of height to the wearer. However, ankle boots do the same trick, since the fabric comes up higher on the foot. This cool bootie has chevron print, which further adds to the visual trickery, but is still toned down by the monochrome color scheme. The stacked heels are wide-set and not too tall, so they’ll be comfortable while retaining the height of another style of shoe. Pair with black skinny jeans and a colored blouse for casual, refined cool.
Vince Camuto Hallee Pump For some of us, it’s impossible to consider going out to a party or some other dressy event sans platforms. However, it is possible for shoes to be eye-catching and make waves without the clunk and visual clutter of a platform gone wrong. The print on these pretty pumps won’t be overlooked, especially among a sea of chunkily-clad feet. Plus, for the working woman, the pump is of course a business classic -- flattering, yet commanding.
Aldo Eugenie Strappy sandals are perfect for warm weather and allowing your feet to breathe, but platforms can cause them to look over-the-top. Celebrate the resurgence of the classic heel with this beautiful leather pair. The crisscross straps and slender, tapering heel are more classy than clubby.
Bass Terri Some of us wear platforms and heels to feel polished. We associate our lower height with the schlub of our workout sneakers or the lazy comfort of our “errand-running” boots. The resurgence of the Oxford, however, proves that you don’t need a heel to look professional or dressy. Long considered appropriate dresswear for men, brogues have successfully made the transition from menswear. These Bass brogues have metallic accents that are stylish and pretty, even without a heel. Of course, if you do prefer the height, these Acne dock brogues are modern and match pretty much anything.
French Faith One reason often cited for why women wear platforms is because they maintain a higher heel while shortening the angle of the foot, making them comfortable. The other option, of course, is to wear shorter heels. I personally don’t understand why the kitten heel has gotten a bad rap. It perfectly marries the dainty, pristine look of the ballet flat with the sophistication of the traditional pump. I love the elegant blue trim on these French Connection kittens -- perfect for completing a refined spring look with a pastel blouse or dress. And these arch-baring, nude Sam Edelman heels prove that forgoing some heel height doesn’t necessarily have to sacrifice a shoe’s sex appeal.