Standing Tall

Platforms are still the rage for spring. Bold designs and towering heels are making their way to both the runways and the racks. A platform design enables 4 inch heels to actually be comfortable, since it provides a more equal support on the front and back of the shoe. When there is less stress on the arch of your foot, it makes for happier evenings on the dance floor! Some platforms, especially a sleek wedge, offer the appearance of a high heel with the comfort of a platform. Another new trend is the hidden platform, popular in winter boots, that essentially hides the platform in the front of the shoe to give an appearance of a stiletto heel.

Max Studio “Foster Shoe” in Ivory: The textured metallic heel glams up this neutral sandal. ($149.99, Heels.com)

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Elie Tahari “Bianca Canvas/Leather Wedge:” This bold two-toned shoe looks straight off the runway with its sky high platform and prominent criss cross ankle strap.

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