With the strong return of Y2K and McBling styles, certain footwear styles have escaped the past and returned to our wardrobes. For those of you who remember going through the background slides on the pages of Delia’s catalog, this will be a (literally) walk through the memory lane…but the platforms. is back in action. Really backside.
However, if you’ve ever sprained your ankle while wearing one of these favorite height increasing shoes, you know that they’re not always optimized for strong feet and ankles. strong.
Architecture of a platform, explained
“Shoes have a degree of cushioning in the midsole, especially the bottom of the foot,” says podiatrist Nelya Lobkova, DPM, of Step Up Surgical Podiatry in New York City. Sometimes, this can be a good thing! “This base provides additional shock absorption, which can benefit the bones and joints in our feet.”
There is a catch, however: The design of the platform itself is crucial. “It is important for platforms to maintain a head-to-toe drop with caution,” she said. This determines the angle of your foot in the shoe, based on the amount of material in the heel compared to the amount on the front of the shoe, where your toes are located. Lobkova recommends a heel-to-toe gradient of one to one and a half inches. Anything more than that, she says, will make the shoe “unstable” and could leave you “prone to falls and injuries”.
Tips to wear the platform safely and comfortably
While not every loafer is the right choice for your feet, there are certain features that can help create a better style for your feet. Since platforms can sometimes be a bit less stable, Dr Lobkova recommends using a rubber outsole “for superior traction”. Here is her material for many styles:
Dress shoes: “Look for chunky heels instead of heels.”
Clogs/mule: Dr. Lobkova loves these Swedish Hasbeens. “They have a stiff but cushioned sole, with a high heel and soft upper for comfort.”
Booty: Look for “a nice modest background for a comfortable evening shoe,” like Chie Mihara’s Herita style (one of her personal picks).
Oxford: A popular look this season, the foundation oxford style, is also recommended (and extremely stylish) by Dr. Lobkova.
Sandal: Dr. Lobkova loves Dansko Racquel walking sandals, because they “introduce a lightweight and cushioned midsole, forefoot pads and water-resistant adjustable straps.”
Sport shoes: The Hoka Bondi SR is a platform walking shoe that Dr. Lobkova says offers excellent cushioning for city concrete roads—this is especially helpful if you’re walking longer distances. She also helped design a pair of loafers herself at KLAW Footwear. “All aspects of an optimal walking biomechanical system were taken into account to create this sneaker, including a deep heel sole, mid- and lateral arch support, plenty of cushioning in the midsole. lightweight (11 ounces) and optimal heel. -seven millimeters from head to toe,” she said.
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