How Do I Choose the Best '70s Platform Shoes?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate
Vintage shoes are sometimes sold in classifieds.
Vintage shoes are sometimes sold in classifieds.

To find a good selection of '70s platform shoes, shop at a specialty store or boutique. You should be able to find men's and women's platform styles in many sizes. A shop that sells retro or vintage shoes may also sell coordinating outfits to wear with them. Platform shoes can be uncomfortable, so look for something well padded or orthopedically designed. If they're to be worn at retro clubs, consider disco shoes that are specifically designed for dancing, so they won't hurt your feet.

If you're looking for authentic '70s platform shoes manufactured during that decade, you might end up spending a good deal of money. To save money, choose a reproduction of '70s platform shoes. Often referred to as repo style, these '70s platform shoes have all the features of those made in the '70s.

You may not want to spend a lot of money on genuine '70s platform shoes that you will wear only once or twice. If you plan on wearing the shoes to a costume party, choose a reproduction to keep the cost down. You may be able to find some nice '70s repos on auction websites. Occasionally, sellers of vintage shoes advertise in the classifieds as well.

When buying authentic '70s platform shoes, you must be careful not to be deceived. It's important to know what to look for in genuine platform shoes that were produced in the '70s. For one thing, the insole should be imprinted with the designer name.

Whether you choose to buy authentic '70s style or reproduction platform shoes, you'll have various fabrics to choose from. Leather, patent leather, and vinyl are all common materials used for making '70s platform shoes. You may choose canvas platform shoes as well. Platform shoes made during the '70s often had leather soles, ornate styling, and embellishments. Keep in mind, these features could significantly raise the price of genuine 70's shoes.

Some styles of platform shoes may not run true to your usual size. When buying shoes online, you might not be able to exchange them if they do not fit. For this reason, it's best to buy your platforms in person, where you can try them on.

Finally, consider items you already own and how you can accessorize with your new shoes. Choose platforms that go well with your existing handbags and jewelry, or you may need to buy new accessories. If your handbags are made of leather, choose leather platforms to match.

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      Vintage shoes are sometimes sold in classifieds.