Fashion Flashback: The Tackiest Platforms of All-Time

  • Carmen Miranda

  • Marilyn Monroe

  • David Bowie

  • Groupies

  • Olivia Newton-John

  • Gene Simmons

  • George Clinton

  • Deee-Lite

  • Tori Spelling

  • The Spice Girls

Most trends blaze hot for a brief moment in time, only to quickly disappear into the ether (languishing forever in yearbooks and mortifying music videos). The shelf life for most fashion fads is usually a decade, at most. Not so with platform shoes, a style that reigned from Carmen Miranda and Rita Hayworth’s 1940s heyday until the Spice Girls and Deee-lite-drenched ’90s. Five decades of sky-high cartoonish heels! Their endurance is fascinating, considering they might be the tackiest invention in styledom. We can only attribute their endurance to the fact that they elongate the leg prettily — and they’re flashy enough for fans to see them from the cheap seats.

From David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust boots to the Tori Spelling’s teen queen pumps, check out the craziest platforms, ever.

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