Island platforms have been popping up intermittently over the past few seasons, and I have to say I was weary. Having a platform smaller than the shoe on a five inch heels seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. At least for me.
But then I'm a little bit of a disaster.
I finally bit the bullet and got Olivia, a pair of black snakeskin pumps with a gold platform from Fergie Footwear. They were beautiful and would match that gold and black skirt I have and never wear. They may match other things too, but the skirt is really what I wanted them to go with.
Once they arrived I took them on a stroll through the apartment, and managed not to break my neck. Good news. One day at the office, and the same thing. All good.
|These are my new black pumps|
Cobblestones were rough, but they're rough in anything other than a flat.
Other than that I have decided not to be afraid of the island platform. Deceptively easy to walk in, they add a great look and unexpected lines to the traditional platform pump. The contrasting platform is also a great element on an otherwise traditional pump.
The black and gold is great because they can both act as neutrals.
|Yes, they're actually easy to walk in.|
I'm still a bit weary of the split island platform (the one with the space between "levels") but that's mostly because I don't like the way those look.
Lots of designers and brands have shoes with the island platform heel, including Charlotte Olympia, Alexander McQueen, the aforementioned Fergie, Chinese Laundry, Le Silla and more that I'm not mentioning because it's too numerous to count. I'm not sure who did it first (although Charlotte Olympia has some great, versatile designs), but it looks like they're taking hold and will be here to stay.
So next time you're looking at a pair, and not sure if you can manage to balance on a smaller platform than the rest of your foot, while it's coupled with a skinny, sky high stiletto, jump in. Or take small steps and avoid cobblestone. Whatever, just don't fall.