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The Platforms Are Out | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Platforms Are Out

Manolo says, the platforms are out. It must be true, because the USA Today has said so.

It took one swift kick from the new shoe trend — ballet flats — to topple platforms from their perch.

“Quite simply, customers have had enough of high heels,” says Robert Burke, president and founder of luxury consulting firm Robert Burke Associates. “Flats seem young and fresh.”
Dior Platforms, Out, Out, Out!

It certainly helps that they’re easier to wear than the ankle-wrenching wedge, and they can look elegant or coquettish with this year’s empire-waisted dresses, hot pants and capris. And despite a more casual work attitude, flip-flops and sandals flunk many office dress codes, but flats won’t.Dior Platforms, Now Emphatically Out.

“As for the customer older than 40, platforms never really were popular this time around,” says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group. “But offer women ballet flats, and they’ll take them in a second. Flats are just so comfortable. If I gave you permission to wear slippers to work, you would, wouldn’t you?”

Of the course, this is not news to the readers of the Shoe Blog, as the Manolo was predicting just this eventuality in February of this year.

Although, to judge from the height and the color and the excessive strappiness we have moved from the restrained and classical period of the platforms into the final decadant period before they leave the scene for the few years. You have until perhaps the end of the year to enjoy them.

And thus it came to pass.

19 Responses to “The Platforms Are Out”

  1. Twila September 18, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    I don’t care what they say about what’s in. I may not go for platforms (35 y.o.), but I certainly won’t go for flats. They may be comfortable, but they do NOTHING as far as appearance goes! The leg looks shapeless, the feet look huge and angular. I have tried on SO MANY flats lately, trying to find something that looks right. No luck. I’ll stick with my heels!

  2. annie September 18, 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    I’m with you, Twila. Ballets may look nice on other people, but I really can’t carry them off. Plus, I find them rather uncomfortable, as there’s nothing to absorb the shock of one’s foot hitting the pavement. Many of them somehow also rip the skin right off the back of my heels – yikes!

  3. Amanda September 18, 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    I must also agree. Flats are not for everyone. Short people like me need all the help we can get to keep from looking like someone chopped our legs off. Flats also hurt my feet. I have to have something to keep my feet from flapping flat on the ground. Ouch!

  4. WendyB September 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    The answer is, “No, I would not wear slippers to work, you fool. I wouldn’t wear Juicy sweats either!” I don’t care for these guys who wear neither heels nor ballet slippers are telling me what to put on the feets. I will stick with heels and wedges, as I have through the other up-and-down shoe trends, because flats often give the illusion of the cankles!

  5. Alice Olive September 18, 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    I’m with Wendy B. No I would not wear slippers to work! Flats work for some outfits, however for others, one can only don a heel or a wedge. Plus wearing a heel feels fabulous!

    And by the way, let’s not blame the shoe if the wearer teeters and totters. Blame it on an incomplete upbringing.

  6. the unfashionista September 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    I love flats. Today I broke out my quilted black satin ballet flats to wear to school with jeans because I am tired of wearing sneakers. Even though they do annoy the back of my foot and don’t offer enough arch support, my heels destroy both the back and fronts of my feet, cause horrible blisters, and create so much pressure on the ball of my feet that I can’t walk for the entire next day.
    I am young, or perhaps genetically blessed, with the trim ankles, so the cankles are not such a problem for me. And I do happen to think that short women wearing flats are simply cute.

  7. dangster September 18, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

    Perhaps I am one of the fortunate individuals who look good in flats.

    I very much dislike platform shoes. I’ve always found them to look tacky and sometimes stripper-like. Unfortunately, most of my shorter Asian peers love to wear them in order look taller.

  8. linda grant September 18, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    I cannot walk in flats and they make my legs look awful.

  9. Poochie September 18, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    I like to wear them all! I don’t have any extreme platforms so I guess I’ll just carry on wearing all my favorites.


  10. LaVida2 September 18, 2007 at 5:00 pm #

    My dimunitive frame will miss the platforms…..

  11. RachelH September 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm #

    I have to agree with the comments above. While flats may be OK, they don’t do anything -for- the leg (at least not so far as I can tell), whereas a good pair of heels can make an entire look (physically and sartorially). Not to mention the joy that comes from strutting around in a fabulous pair, or the looks of appreciation when you sprint up 3 flights of stairs in stilletos. Also, I’ve found that many of the flats these days have very little support for the wide or flat feet, which can make them just as uncomfortable as heels for some.

  12. class factotum September 18, 2007 at 7:10 pm #

    Rachel, it’s not going up the stairs in heels that is the problem. It is going down.

  13. blorkiemom September 18, 2007 at 11:49 pm #

    Rachel and Class, I had this very conversation today. Between the third and fourth floors, the woman behind me said she was highly impressed with my stair-climbing-in-heels skills–and I told her the real problem was going down. To which she, quite sensibly, replied, “Well, take the elevator.”

    Topic? Any flats I try on look way too twee on me. I’m sure some can pull them off, but I am not among that number. Stickin’ with the heels for work here.

  14. linda grant September 19, 2007 at 2:56 am #

    Stepping on an escalator in high heels is a truly terrifying experience.

  15. WendyB September 19, 2007 at 11:30 am #

    Stepping on an escalator in the dreaded Crocs is a much bigger problem!

  16. RachelH September 19, 2007 at 4:21 pm #

    Class Factotum – I know that, and you know that, but the cute guy who works 3 cubes down from me never needs to, yes?

  17. class factotum September 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    Rachel — let him be wowed with your shoe prowess! But don’t let him make you walk on that cobbled Paris sidewalk in those shoes; make him drop you off at the door when he takes you to that intimate bistro where you will dazzle him even more with your elegance, sense of style, wit and impeccable accent.

  18. haha January 2, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    big swing and a miss eh manolo?