Find the Ideal Platform Shoes
Platform shoes give you height and can make your legs look long, lean and sexy. They’re almost standard today as many pumps and sandals have a platform sole. While they can be sexy, they can also be difficult to walk in and may not be the best choice for a professional office, where something more subdued is best. Consider a few quick tips for finding the right platform shoes.
First, if you need something more subtle, choose classic pumps with a small platform sole. This will give you the height you want without making your shoes look too dressy or out of place with your professional suit. Many platforms come with a lower heel, so opt for something three inches or even shorter. Along with a classic pump you might choose a Mary Jane style or mules, as these too are considered professional.
Next, for casual days, you may want platform shoes with a higher heel and in a fun and funky design or pattern. Your weekends are your time to express your own style, so get creative. Choose platform pumps and sandals with stripes or in bold colors. You’ll look great in jeans and these can be just what you need to add that touch of glamour to your outfit.
When buying platform shoes, you always want to try them on and note if they fit your feet. Some platform shoes are built to be very rigid and stiff and these are difficult to walk in and may make you hunch over as you try to maintain your balance. They may also look very unnatural! The added layer of that platform is often very hard to walk in because it doesn’t bend as well as a typical shoe sole, so you need to try them on before you buy. It might also be helpful to start out with Mary Jane style shoes rather than pumps or mules as the ankle strap will give you more control when walking.
It’s also good to scuff up the bottom of your platform shoes so you have better traction and control when you wear them. Because of the added height, you may find that it’s more difficult to balance in your platform shoes so you need all the help you can get. There are also small pads you can purchase that stick to the soles of shoes and which are rough on the outside, to give you even more balance and traction.
Have fun with your platform shoes and invest in a few different varieties and options. They’re fun and fashionable and a great way to add style to any outfit, so stock up on different colors and materials for every day of the week.