I recently bought beautiful bright pink platform heels for a wedding I was attending. I had never worn a pair of platform heels before and usually don’t venture beyond the basic black, brown, tan, pewter, or copper-colored heels, so I decided to try out a bright color for fun.
The saleswoman at Macy’s assured me that most women prefer platforms because they are very comfortable and easier to walk in compared to regular heels. It was hard to tell how comfortable they would be while in the store, but they matched my dress, several shoppers commented on how cute they were, and I knew could stand in them just fine, so I decided to get them.
I tried them on after I got home. I even walked around the house for a while trying to get a feel for them. They seemed ok at the time. Then the day of the wedding came. There was a gravel path between the parking lot and the wedding venue. Within the first two steps, I felt like I was ice skating on stilts. Every step I took had to be careful and steady. I looked ridiculous. By the time I got to the outdoor seating area, I realized that the shoes slipped and wobbled on every walking surface around me. The only way to not flail around trying to maintain my balance was to walk like a T-Rex.
This led me to realize my lesson: it doesn’t matter how cute your shoes, hair, and outfit are. If your shoes make you stomp around like a T-Rex then you’re going to look goofy.
Once again, my expectations did not match reality.
Most heels add a certain swagger and confidence to your walk, which is why I like to wear them from time to time regardless of my height, but platform shoes do quite the opposite for me. Then again, perhaps I just need to learn the secret walking technique these shoes require. I ‘ll go for a more sensible shoe next time. Call me crazy, but walking like a T-Rex while feeling like you’re ice skating on stilts just doesn’t appeal to me.