Runway to Reality: Ankle Strap Platforms

– By Teresa Greenfeld – 

          Giambattista Valli F/W 12                                      Topshop Shilo Strap Raffia Platforms

Season after season, year after year, fashionistas both young and old make the bi-annual pilgrimage to the holy lands (New York, London, Milan and Paris) for the runway collections that will shape the face of fashion for the coming season.   Perhaps due to some rather outlandish fashions, outlandish price tags, or a combination of both, the clothes, shoes and accessories that make their way down the catwalk rarely make their way into our closets.   Fortunately, there are amazing interpretations of high design that takes trends from runway to reality.

When it comes to girls and their shoes, there is rarely a relationship more bone-deep or complex.  We will endure pain akin to methods of P.O.W. torture, spend hours agonizing over the right pair, and yet the mere sight of a shoe store can send shivers of excitement coursing through our bodies.  Our love-affair with one such shoe – the platform – is far from over.   To name only one of its many attributes, it allows us to unabashedly wear 5 + inch heels  – and actually walk.  The Giambattista Valli runway stunner may be out of your grasp, but this ankle strap Topshop platform must make it’s way into your reality.
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