The Platform Shoes Debate: Why You Should Ignore Fashion Journalists

 Vogue recently made one of their attention seeking statements which manages to offend feminists and paint themselves as hypocrites in one foul swoop. As fashion is cyclical in nature, and always moving with the inevitability of the waves of the ocean, from time to time fashion magazines will take arbitrary swipes at formerly popular styles of clothing regardless of what was previously stated in the same magazines’ editorial content. This month’s item of clothing to receive a critical lambasting from the editors was the humble Platform Shoe which, up until the publication of the magazine, and indeed in pictorials throughout other sections of the very same issue, had been seen by many as a chic alternative to vertiginous heels.

Why Platform Shoes Are “Out”
Platform shoes, an item of clothing seen by many as giving the same heightening benefits as high heels but without the additional pain the latter pair requires to be worn, are no longer to be considered an “in” shoe in many quarters as they are considered much less feminine than skinny heels. Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi states that the platform “tends to enlarge the lower end of our bodies”, with Tabita Simmons making the message less ambiguous by stating: “I feel that when your shoe is big and clunky, you can look a bit heavier.” This means, according to Bruno Firsoni, the creative director of Roger Vivier, that men “find them totally unsexy.” He finishes his argument with the statement that “For them, even a kitten heel would be better.”

Have Platforms Always Been Bad?
To many women, platform shoes have been something of a God-send – the fact that designers and, until recently editors, took the styles of footwear as a silhouette onto which “in trend” patterns and colour schemes could be added proved a wonderful alternative to painful thin stiletto heels. Vogue itself has featured many photo-shoots with celebrities and models sporting the style of shoe and none were the subject of derision until the latest magazine went on sale. The decision to openly denounce a style it had once embraced took the form of a considered, sudden attack rather than an organic decision made over a while or a gut instinct against the design from the outset. Suddenly Vogue has reverted to the old-fashioned belief that women should sacrifice comfort for a very particular style.

Why You Should Ignore This
As the attack has so clearly been manufactured to make headlines (which it did in large amounts), and is clearly not based in a real authentic editorial belief, then it is clear the sentiment should not be taken seriously but rather considered as an example of why fashion journalists should not be taken seriously either. For the most part, many of them write to get attention across the media rather than to help their readers make the most out of clothes or to offer any practical style hints or tips. Were a fashion journalist to write “platform shoes are a comfortable alternative to other forms of ladies’ shoes and you should sport them if you wish”, the article would hardly make a splash despite its sensible advice. So, instead, the writer goes for something which is impractical and does not bear the reader in mind. You should do yourself a favour and think of yourself before considering headline hungry Vogue editors when choosing your shoes.

Kieron Casey is a fashion writer who covers the latest trends in the world of style and the fashion industry’s opinions. He recommends Barratts Womens Shoes as a great place for women to make up their own mind.