Platform shoes appeared in the late 1960s and remained entrenched on feet for the whole of the 70s.
These platforms were not the simple platform sole and stacked heel of the 1940s, however. The 70s platforms turned gigantic and got wacky and wild as pieces of art.
Both men and women, young and old, strapped into the harrowing heights of the platform shoe. Covered in burlap, gleaming in glitter, sturdy in solid wood, or lightweight in cork wedges, the platform was a shoe for the stars.
Elton John pounded on his piano in as many wacky pairs of eccentric elevator shoes as he had crazy sunglasses. KISS stomped around in massive elevator boots, and John Travolta wouldn’t have made it on the dance floor had it not been for his dancing shoes.