All manner of platforms, for your every summertime need

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I rely on platforms to keep me feeling tall with minimal suffering, and am un-thrilled that they’re not having much of a moment this season. Scrounging up enough decent ones up for a post took some doing, but I did manage to find several I want to own, starting with these, which seem excellent for when you’re dressing things up a bit. I’d venture to say that the pale pink is light enough to function as a neutral, but it also comes in black.

I’m not sure why I am so tempted by these; they’re just this side of frumpy, but there is something a little French schoolgirl about them, so perhaps that’s the appeal. And the fact that they’re made by Dansko means they’ll be insanely comfortable.

Another Dansko pair: I love the mix of the metallic leather with the neutral.

As classic an espadrille platform/wedge as you could ask for.

I own these, by Robert Clergerie, and they come in handy for times when I want to dress nicely but also know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking.

I am no fan of Diane von Fursterberg—during my time in the fashion trenches, I heard too many stories about her being a really deeply unkind person—so I never show her stuff here. But will make an exception for this wrap-around pair: the studs are just so cool.

Not the most walkable pair in this roundup, but the mix of cork and suede is really rich, and they’re nicely dramatic.

I’m showing these on the model because you can’t tell quite how cute they are on their own.

Just a good solid crossover platform at a great price.

Here is the pair you just throw on before leaving the house without having to think about it. They come in a cool mushroom-y hue too.

I’d wear these with rolled-up jeans or chinos to show off the cute strap.

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20 Thoughts on All manner of platforms, for your every summertime need
    Alix
    6 Jul 2017
    7:42am

    I don’t seem to get it where shoes are concerned! You say the Danskos are just this side of frumpy; I think they’re classic and pretty. The Charles David platform, OTOH, looks like a giant black sofa for the foot. Chacun a son gout !

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    Mouse
    6 Jul 2017
    9:00am

    Wolky Jewel sandals for those of us who love platforms but are afraid of ankle-twisting falls–they have a not-high very stable platform, fit orthotics, and are cool in that frumpy old-lady way. Come in lots of colors etc. I love mine–best thing to happen to my 57 yr old feet in many a year…….

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      Viajera
      6 Jul 2017
      11:30am

      I am going to google that… I love platforms and will never stop. I love the Charles Davids … the only issue is how quickly suede gets ruined if you drive in them. Problem. If only the purple were an electric blue instead. Still.

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    Mae
    6 Jul 2017
    10:22am

    You’ve won me over about platforms now! Love them all.

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    C.Michol
    6 Jul 2017
    10:51am

    I want to hear more about DVF!!!!!

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      MK
      7 Jul 2017
      9:07am

      Ditto! I have always had a (bad) feeling about her…

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    Viajera
    6 Jul 2017
    11:32am

    I don’t know if I want to know more today… too much reality lately already … but I am glad to see that you put your support behind people who behave well and not so much behind those who do not. If only we all did that.

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      suz
      6 Jul 2017
      10:14pm

      At least some people color themselves orange so we know they are baddies. But yes, too much reality overload. Yep.

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    EW
    6 Jul 2017
    1:40pm

    what – no No.6’s ? I am eyeing a pair of Janes

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    marjorie
    6 Jul 2017
    3:28pm

    I love the Danskos! And the pink ones tho I could not walk in that heel.

    I reviewed Diane von Furstenberg’s last book. She sounds like a piece of work. And I love that you hate her so much you rendered her name “Fursterberg.” https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/186760/diane-von-furstenburg-tidbits

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      Alix
      6 Jul 2017
      3:43pm

      Your review is fantastic — and DVF sounds like a total nutjob.

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        marjorie
        8 Jul 2017
        3:30pm

        thanks, alix!

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      jhops
      7 Jul 2017
      12:54pm

      Wow – I had no idea about DVF, and now I’m horrified. Yeesh.

      I worked as a model for her ex-husband, Egon, who was kindness personified.

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    Ann
    6 Jul 2017
    4:32pm

    I love ALL of them!!

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    Elizabeth
    6 Jul 2017
    6:48pm

    I fell for Teva Flatform sandals when I bought a pair last summer to balance my height while I had to wear one of those big clunky boot things for a broken foot. Who knew they would be both comfy and fun? Just bought another pair and they take me back to the fun stripey flip flop look I remember from growing up in the late 70s. These ones: https://bit.ly/2sLWjFl

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    L
    6 Jul 2017
    8:54pm

    DVF is THE WORST

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    suz
    6 Jul 2017
    10:11pm

    I love Danskos – they keep me from crying over having old problem feet. The metallic ones are a go.

    I will never give up my platforms! So much easier to wear and flattering than those bizarre stripper heels.

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      Hick from StyxL
      6 Jul 2017
      11:17pm

      That brought back memories of my son’s youth leadership group…think camping, survival, etc, showing up at the Christmas banquet in a pair of those and me having a WTH moment over how alarmingly inappropriate they were. I suppose the accompanying short dress made me wonder why she made those choices, given that the group was made up mostly of teenage boys. You could say it was the moment I lost all respect for her. But I digress, as Kim would say.

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    Gables girl
    7 Jul 2017
    8:04pm

    I know someone who worked for Tory and swears DVF is a lesbian (not that there is anything wrong with…)

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    Becky G.
    26 Jul 2017
    2:20pm

    this page led me on a rabbithole of Clergerie Dylan platform searching, and ultimately I scored this same pair (size 10) from eBay. Thanks! I’m going to wear them with a silver Reformation dress to an upcoming wedding.

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