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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Shoe by Any Other Name


Calvin Klein SS15; Source

 


Balenciaga SS15; Source



 



John Galliano SS15; Source
Platforms make up a portion of my shoe wardrobe because I simply need the height advantage they give me. From the time my mom started letting me wear heels platforms have been a rather common type of shoe in my closet. All platforms are not created equal in my book, however. I really love the platforms that are common amongst pumps, open-toed sandals and the like but I just don’t have a feel-good vibe for flatforms. I hope those of you who do did not actually gasp at this statement but you who know me best from being my beloved followers understand that no matter what catches my fancy to blog about I will always remain truthful with you.

 
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Bottega Veneta SS15; Source
 
 
 
Creatures of the Wind SS15; Source


 
 


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Flatforms and I are just not a match made in heaven or any other place for that matter. It does not matter, however, because for you, my friends I will continue to post about all things fashion whether I love them or hate them. We all have diverse fashion interests. I respect that and I love that. Isn’t that makes fashion so fantastic? It is really a way for us to inject a little or a lot of our inner spirit into our outer armor. Don’t despair my flatform-wearing friends because I have included images of some flatform darlings you just may fall in love with. Psssst...I'll admit I can see myself in the ballerina flatforms below and the white cuties too. I would be willing to make an exception to my flatform rules for those.

 
 
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Follow along with me as I tell you a little bit here and a little bit there about platforms. I simply can’t ignore them because you know what? They are going to be so popular this spring and well into fall. Did you see any of Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Show? If not, I urge you to posthaste due so on Style.com or wherever you get your latest fashion news. I must say the platforms boots on display there were, for lack of any better word at the moment, yummy.
Platforms used to be worn for reasons such as to keep one’s feet from getting mired in dirt on city streets or to elevate the stature of important characters in various theatrical productions or even for the reason some of us where them now to boost our height and the like or because ladies just wanted a bit of a boost to their stature. Everyone from ancient Ancient Greek theatrical actors to 16th Courtesans wore them. What impressed me the most, however, while reading about the history of the platform is that the great 1930s actress Marlene Dietrich loved platforms. She is a woman after my own heart. I knew I had more in common with her than just our need to look absolutely dapper in a tuxedo. Perhaps, she'd like some of the platforms below. They sure catch my fancy.
 
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Marchesa SS15; Source
 
 
 
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Tom Ford SS15; Source

Everyone from 70s Glam rockers to disco divas to 80s fashionistas wore them. Even Minnie Mouse and a couple of Disney princesses wore them. Does that impress you? If not just read through the list below. Surely, you think kindly of the individuals below whom have been on stage and/or off wearing some form of a platform.

Elton John

David Bowie

The Spice Girls

Lady Gaga

Charli XCX

 

That puts me in good company as far as I am concerned. Tell me what you think…. pretty please. Do you love them or can you leave them?

 
Let's ooh and ah or say blah to the flatforms and platforms below before we say goodbye.
 
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Derek Lam SS15; Source
 
 
Marni; Source
 
 
 
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Roberto Cavalli SS15; Source
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Tibi SS15; Source
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Roberto Cavalli SS15; Source







Remember to check out my style sets on Keaton Row: www.keatonrow.com/sharonpate. I do receive a commission on any items you want me to shop for you. Shipping is always free. All the best my friends. Until next time, stay stylish. 

63 comments:

  1. They are all so unique. I love the Marchesa SS '15. Platforms are really a girls best friend, :). http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. The Marchesa shoes are amazing. They are beyond glamorous. I love platforms. They are great for my petite height.

      Sharon

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  2. Hola Sharon!!!! Maravillosas colecciones... Las plataformas con tacones me encantan, en zapato plano tengo mis dudas, creo que no estilizan nada, pero la moda ya se sabe...
    Besos guapa, Emi
    http://www.diseneitorforever.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Emilia:

      It is thrilling that you like the collection of shoes I featured here. I just love the diversity. There are some to suit everyone's preferences.

      Sharon

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  3. Amazing shoes!! Some of them I think I need!! Love it!
    Xo
    Ro
    www.twentyeightvia.blogspot.com

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    1. You and me both. Love them so much!

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  4. Interesting post. I have never really been a fan of any type of plat or flatform. I am a lover of a delicate shoe. I am about 5 feet tall and have very small feet. Platforms simply make my petite feet look awkward. I am, however, a fan of the Michael Kors that you show in picture number 7. I thought the way in which he styled them for his spring 2015 collection was perfection. But then again, I feel like Michael is a god in American sportswear. I can see wearing them in a floaty summer dress or skirt, or with cuffed denim. So fun.

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    1. I can understand why they don't suit those with smaller feet. I like the platforms because they give me the amount of height I like to have. People are so amazed when they see me wear flats because they are used to seeing me in heels so much. It is often funny to see their reaction when they see me in flats. Michael Kors is definitely wonderful, Glenda. I know you are a huge fan of his. I just recently purchased a neutral pair of Michael Kors pumps. I love them so much. I have been wearing them like crazy. They are quite comfortable and go with everything. It is great to hear from you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

      Sharon

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  5. Lovely selection! Can't get enough of the Creatures of the Wind pair, think the style would be very popular this summer! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. Thanks, Lena. It is an interesting style, for sure.

      Sharon

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  6. Absolutely love the Balenciagas!!

    http://lavishlylovely.blogspot.com/

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    1. The Balenciaga shoes are so gorgeous.

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  7. Awesome selections! I enjoy wearing platforms...the Tom Fords and Marchesa are fab! Although I do love a good platform, I'm not really a fan of the flatforms...I think they tend to look very boxy and not so dainty.
    Fab post Sharon!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Flat forms are not my favorite either. I so enjoyed researching and posting about them though. I am definitely a platforms' kind of girl.

      Sharon

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  8. I feel the same about platforms vs flatforms, let's see if I find something I like!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Coco.

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  9. Love this roundup of shoes!! You have a couple of my faves in there, too.

    xo,

    Emma
    http://www.sassystreet.com/

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    1. That is great to know, Emma. I am so glad you saw some you love.

      Sharon

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  10. Thank you so much for your help and support! I nominate you as the SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARD!
    Enjoy!
    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, Grace. I really appreciate your support. It means so much. I remember when I first started my blog and was trying to gain followers. I receive so much joy from my followers. Let's continue to stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  11. Love these shoes! They are so fun!

    http://lizzieinlace.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Lizzie, and hope we can continue to support each other.

      Sharon

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  12. interesting, i find them weird though, fashion is diverse really
    beautiful post

    http://www.wajiruwangethe.me.ke

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    1. Yes, it is. Fashion is most definitely artful. It is all about the eyes of the beholder. Some find certain things stylish and others not so much. Thanks so much for your comment. Wanjiru.

      Sharon

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  13. Fashion is art. I guess you could call these shoes just that! Cool Post :)

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  14. Definitely fashion is art and some of those shoes are really art fashion.Great post Sharon and glad to hear from you dear.
    Have a lovely week ahead. Love♥

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    1. Hello, Rosa:

      Thanks for dropping in to say hello. Some of the shoes are really beautiful but they are all absolutely interesting. I hope you have a lovely week, as well.

      Sharon

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    1. Happy New Week to you as well, Coco!

      Sharon

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the post, Natasha!

      Sharon

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  17. great looks!! X

    www.carlaginola.com

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  18. Interesting design of shoes! I think that are so amazing and every woman should own at least one pair!
    Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

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    1. They are fabulous, Katarina. I tend to love platforms more though than the flatforms but there is some definite artistry in these looks.

      Sharon

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  19. These are some really unusual shoes. I see some styles that I wouldn't mind wearing like 2, 13 and 16 but I would stay far away from others for example 3 and 8 >.< ick. Platforms and flatforms <3 <3

    Olive Needs Popeye

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    1. I just love your honesty, Jho, and admit I agree with you so much that your comment made me giggle. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  20. Thank you for your lovely comments Sharon, have a great weekend!!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. I hope you enjoy your weekend, as well, Coco.

      Sharon

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  21. I love the Marchesa ss15. Fashion us really all over the place, very interesting pieces. I love platforms. Have a great week Sharon. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Idu. I hope you also have a great week.

      Sharon

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  22. hey! love all this amazing shoes!! are so perfect for this spring!

    gdlstreets.com

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    1. I really started to get spring fever even more while writing this post. I am so glad you like some of the shoes featured here. Thanks for your visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  23. Great shoe choices! I love a good platform, so glad they rarely go out of style.

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    1. Thanks, Anastasia. I love platforms too. They just work so well for my height and give me the boost I need. There are so many of those featured here that I think are amazing. I am so glad you decided to visit and leave a comment.

      Sharon

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  24. Very interesting selection. I love your blog! I hope you will like mine.


    http://instagram.com/ladyfur?ref=badge

    http://www.welovefur.com

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    1. Thank you. Your comment means so much. I will check out your blog and follow. I hope you can follow back.

      Sharon

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  25. Awesome collections..
    http://www.trendin.com/buy-shrugs-online_62

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    1. Thanks so much. I adore shoes. It was fun browsing through so many collections.

      Sharon

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  26. I'd be inclined to say 'blah', but under flared jeans, I say yay! They're the perfect shoe to wear with a flared or very long, baggy pant as they give you height, comfort and best of all, you don't really see them much ;) Some styles are ok to wear with long skirts too, but I find it really difficult to find a visually appealing flatform or platform shoe!

    Great post!! Great shoes!!
    xo Cristina

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    1. I always value your opinion, Cristina, so thanks so much for the comment. I do love a good platform but only those that are ladylike. I don't care much for flatforms but I have to admit the green Delpozo's and the white mesh flatforms are appealing.

      Sharon

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  27. Thank you so much sweetie for your lovely comments!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. They sure are, Petra. I hope you like some of them. There are several that truly are works of art.

      Sharon

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  29. Great post! love it! xx

    http://www.theblondeseries.com.ar/

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    1. Thank you so much. I am happy you liked browsing the post.

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  30. super styles and dope shoes..
    http://oyebamireismail.blogspot.com/

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    1. I am happy you like the post, Oyebamire. Your support means a lot.

      Sharon

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  31. I brought the Stella McCartney flatform Oxfords and some ppl thought they were so ugly. So I went and brought a similar pair from Aldo

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  32. I brought the Stella McCartney flatform Oxfords and some ppl thought they were so ugly. So I went and brought a similar pair from Aldo

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    1. That is so cool, Talitha. I strongly believe that individual style is so important. How boring it would be if everyone dressed to please others. I admit flatforms are not my favorite type of shoe but I was pleasantly surprised to find that some were definitely pleasing. I really like the Delpozo flatforms, for instance.

      Sharon

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