Platform shoes elevated sultry songstress Carmen Miranda.
She in turn elevated these chunky shoes to new heights of popularity.
By 1939 when Vogue paradoxically declared that "Nothing is dowdier than a dainty foot," millions of women jumped onto the clunky platform - and they stayed there until the end of World War II.
But like old soldiers, the shoes refused to die.
They simply faded away until 1975, when platforms were back, bigger and thicker than ever.
A pair of original 70's platform shoes shown A Celebration of Shoes by Linda O'Keeffe.
~ Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger