|Elevating Venetian Chopines|
|Krishna's platforms. Image source.|
However, in modern terms, although platforms and wedges were worn in the 1940s, the platform shoe really really reached its zenith post-60s, via the flamboyant fashions of the 1970s, when they eventually became more or less a mainstream fashion item. Great for short girls, they were however, prohibitively elevating for anyone on the extra tall side.
|From Tommy - shoes with vertical attitude|
Although in r/life platform shoes didn't get quite that elevated, there were some spectacularly high shoes around in the era. Cork platforms were favoured among female Australian Sharpies [an offshoot of the skinhead subculture], often in a retro girly T-bar style. Platforms could give off the illusion of height and power, though for walking, running and driving, they were something of a hindrance.
|Modern Vintage 70s inspired contemporary platforms|
Eccentric British designer Vivienne Westwood helped propel the platform cause along in the 1990s by including them among her high fashion collections,- a situation that famously caused Naomi Campbell to trip over her own nine inch platforms on the cat walk..
|The weirdly fascinating 1990s Japanese "Black Face"look, complete with ultra-high platforms. Image from outrageousjapanesefashion|
|FLY London modern platforms|
|Variation of a platform. FLY London tangy sandals.|