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April 24th, 2009

Platforms: The Height of Fashion Across the Ages

As much as I adore Portland, there are times when I long to get out of town. After reading about the new exhibit on platform shoes at the Mint Museum of art in Charlottesville, I’m ready to hop on a plane to Crown Town.  I’m thinking it must be a great place to visit if they’re smart enough to offer up their museum to the shoe gods.  From April 25 through May 30th, the Mint Museum is displaying platforms from across the ages.  According to the museum’s flyer, platforms wooed fashion lovers  long before the upheaval of the 1960s:

“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. In Europe, from about 1600-1750, some women in high society and the demimonde wore tall pedestal shoes called copines. Thick platform shoes were fashionable in the Manchu culture of Northeast China. Japan’s platform sandals became part of the traditional dress of geishas.”

Alas and alack, I don’t have the resources or vacation time to simply skip of to whatever city happens to be hosting a shoe exhibit.  (I’ve tried to justify that such a trip would be infinitely nurturing for my shoe-aholic soul, but I can’t defy the resources (or lack of resources) in my bank account.  Until I make my millions, I’ll have to be satisfied with actually wearing iconic shoes like platforms.

The time for platform sandals is nearly upon us, and I’ve selected Camper’s Damas Alto (at right) for my personal collection. I can’t get enough of the vibrant upper, and the taupe stripe on the platform somehow adds to the overall impression of a cool breeze on a summer’s day.  But maybe that’s just my inner shoe artist speaking.

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One Response to “Platforms: The Height of Fashion Across the Ages”

  1. Colleen Says:

    As a follow up: Creative Loafing Charlotte posted a review of the Mint Museum exhibit, along with some pics of amazing platforms. Check it out here.

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