Friday, June 17, 2011

Platform Shoes : Shoe History : Disco Party : 1970s Fashion : Halloween Costumes

The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now. The Mint Museum in Charles, MO has a show through July third focusing on platform shoes. No discussion of 1970s fashion is complete without a look at the shoes of the era.

In the 70s, we wore platform shoes and they're popular once again. Seventies style in general is trendy in a big way.

Platform Shoes: A Big Step in Fashion
Over 300 eye-popping, platform shoe styles, shown in color photographs, demonstrate the creative spirit in shoe design.

These shoes span the globe & the decades and include snakeskin, fur, glitter, colored leather, woven raffia and fabric materials. ...  Some are practical, others simply outrageous. The book includes estimated values. -- info from Amazon

"Elevated shoes have appeared for centuries in cultures around the world. In Ancient Greece, actors wore thick-soled shoes to heighten their stature before their audience." -- From The Mint Site

The Steve Madden Women's Whisper Wedge Sandal, Leopard (available in multiple sizes), is the perfect 2011 platform wedge. 1970s meets 2010s. See leopard at top of page.

Thanks to our present-day love affair with the little white dress, the neutral shoe is a must. Here's something that shows your appreciation that the exotic animal print is the most chic and wild of the neutrals.

Madden and other designers also offer wedge sandals in bone such as Steve Madden's West II Wedge Sandal in natural raffia. Brown, nude and other shades  complement your summer outfits, too.

Alejandro Ingelmo Platforms are hot. Dress them up or down. Each season the designer comes up with a version of his popular platform sandal, the one above, dubbed the Thriller Sandal. You don't have to book a trip to New York City to get a pair of his shoes.

The Jessica Simpson Women's Bendie Sandals are popular wedge platforms with a slingback for a modern design. They come in lots of color combinations.

Some have a colorblock design to lengthen the look of your legs and bring that extra pop to your outfit. Great price, too.

Fast to sell out but fun to browse through are the latest in the selection of platform designs by Sole Boutique. icon

Riding Motorcycle in Platform Heel Shoes

Another popular book at the show is the fun and historical Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & more.

Unfortunately the show has closed.

Do you have any of your old platform shoes, a la your Saturday Night Fever days still in your closet? Platform shoes for men are hot, too! This DVD version of the film is the Saturday Night Fever : 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition.

Men's Monster Black Shoes

Men's Monster Black Shoes for Frankenstein Friday?

Whether you are a dancing machine with a penchant for leisure suits or are a polished pimp bringing back the all-but-forgotten days of disco, these men's costume shoes are sure to complete your adult costume.

These Men's Pimp Shoes have a 3 1/2" heel and a lace-up front. Bring out the animal in you and choose from cheetah fur or zebra fur platform shoes to add the perfect finishing touch to your adult pimp costume.

Having a party with a 70s theme? Maybe you're just enjoying the seventies resurgence of 2011?! Live it up in these Funtasma by Pleaser Men's Platform Disco Shoes. These come in several sizes, colors and styles. (right)

Get your boogie on, ladies and gentlemen.

How much do you know about the Tall Boots that Elton John wore in Tommy the Rock Opera by The Who??

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