There was a time when the Giuseppe Zanotti Bow-Detailed Suede Sandals wouldn’t look like quite the oddity they do today. That time was about three years ago, when the footwear industry was in the midst of an arms race of sorts to see who could build the highest platform that women would actually spends $800 on. Christian Louboutin mostly won that fight, as he tends to do when platforms are involved, but I’m not sure he won the war. As fashion tends to do, preferences have now swung back the other one – single-sole pumps are the look that everyone wants to have. Now we want to know: do you still lust after shoes that boost you an extra six (or six-and-a-half, if we’re talking about the shoes above) inches?
For me, the issue of a platform has more to do with the heel than with the platform itself. When paired with a stiletto, like the Giuseppe Zanotti Bow-Detailed Suede Sandals, the platforms now look like a dressed-up (sometimes barely) version of the traditional stripper heel. They always looked like that, of course, but when that’s what everyone’s wearing, it feels acceptable. Also more acceptable is a big platform paired with a thick heel, even if it’s very high – the proportion feels more balanced and modern. That’s what it’s all about, of course – feeling current is half the battle, and a big platform with a skinny stiletto just feels old. It’ll feel new again in 10 years, undoubtedly.
So have you moved on, or do you still don your platform stilettos proudly? If you do, pick up the Zanottis above for $895 via Net-a-Porter.