Shoes with heels are not the most comfortable. Even if they are well profiled and they don't bother us anywhere, they make the legs get tired faster, the blood supply to the feet is difficult and the feet are unnaturally bent. However, some of us need to wear heels every day (e.g. when dresscode requires it at work), others want to look good and others just like heels. However, we don't always want or can afford to walk in high heels all day but we still want to add a few centimeters. Fortunately, there is advice for that! Heels and wedges come to our help!
The history of platforms and stilts begins in ancient Greece and more specifically in theaters. Ancient theaters could accommodate up to several thousand spectators, so the actors wore wedges so that they could be seen from afar. Such first wedges were made of several layers of leather.
In the 15th century they appeared in Venice chopines. They were shoes on a platform that reached even 22 cm in height! They served ladies by protecting their dresses from mud and soil. Apparently just chopines inspired Roger Viver, who in the late 1930s to create platform shoes.
However, what are platforms without wedges? Also at the end of the 1930s, to be precise in 1937, Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo introduced a revolutionary new shoe: a wedge heel, which with a solidly constructed heel of a triangular shape.
The first person who combined both innovative solutions was the eccentric Italian designer - Elsa Schiaparelli. It was she in 1939 who presented shoes connecting wedges and platforms. This model quickly adopted and spread among women following trends. In the 1940s, heavy wedges constituted a balance for airy, chiffon dresses and fashionable then - swashbread wool hats.
However, in the 70s platform and wedges gained popularity. Platforms were worn in summer and wedges. They fit well with wide bells - they lengthened the figure in a natural way. Since then, the popularity of wedges and platforms has not decreased, quite the opposite.
In the 90s, the revolutionary Vivenne Westwood designed black, lacquered, studded shoes on incredibly high platforms. In contrast, a few seasons ago Isabel Marant introduced to the market record-breaking popularity sneakers on wedges, which were loved by all women who want to combine sports and casual styles.
However, let's not forget about British genius, Alexander McQueen, who designed Lady Gaga's favorite shoes called "battleships" or, as some say, lobster or cancer shoes. It was probably the strangest but also the most innovative application of platforms in fashion history.
Do not forget about wedge sneakers, which are an ideal solution for spring walks!