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Top Picks in Platform Shoes for Women - 2011


Contrary to popular belief, platform shoes are about the soles and not the heels. To see more of one of the season's hottest styles, check out a few of my favorite platform shoes for women below.

Steve Madden 'Beautey' - Sexy Platform Pumps

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Thanks to their concealed 1.75" platform soles; lush suede and uppers; and glossy patent toe caps, I fallen head over heels for these stunning platform pumps from Steve Madden. And, as if all of that weren't enough to send me reeling, the 5.25" stiletto heels would have done the trick. Oh, and the color choices are amazing: fuchsia, blush, black, and dark gray.

Dolce Vita 'Dolores' - Pretty Platform Slingbacks

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Chic, sophisticated, and trendy all at once, these pretty slingback platforms from Dolce Vita will make nearly all of your warm-weather outfits look like a million bucks, but they'll only set you back about $200 per pair.

Available in tan, or a refreshing melon shade, these sexy pumps feature open toes, suede uppers, 5.5" heels, and 2" platform soles. The soles and the heels are covered with a cork laminate, which makes them right on par with this season's trend towards textures.

Black Rooster 'Jaydah' - Platform Shoes with Chunky Heels

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Playing perfectly into the season's chunky heel trend, these adorable pumps feature 5" suede-wrapped heels, 1.25" hidden platform soles, and personality to spare. Available in light mauve and black, these pumps have a bit of a retro vibe, and would look fantastic jeans or shorter, casual skirts and dresses.

RSVP 'Cailyn' - Platform Evening Shoes

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When it comes to evening shoes, it's often those with concealed platform soles that really get attention -- or at least, partially-concealed platforms, like those on these ultra-pretty evening pumps from RSVP.

Available in black, ivory, purple, red and silver, these glamorous dress shoes feature satin uppers, and 4" heels that are made more wearable by their 1" platform soles. Of course, it's the ruched uppers and feminine bow embellishments that really steal the show.

Mia Limited Edition 'Vixen' - Hidden Platform Pumps for Women

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Looking much more expensive than their $130 price tag, these stylish and versatile patent leather pumps come in a variety of easy-to-wear and vibrant colors, including black, nude, white, lime and orange. It's the 1.5" concealed platform soles that give these sexy shoes their shapely silhouette, but the 5.25" stiletto heels don't hurt their case any either.

Luichiny 'Ex Cited' - Trendy Platform Shoes with Wedge Heels

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In addition to their super-thick 2" platform soles, these attention-grabbing pumps made the cut for having so many of the season's top trends, including: sexy ankle straps; textural reptile-embossed accents; and 5" wedge heels. Ideal for pairing with shorter skirts and dresses, or shorts, these platform shoes come in taupe or black, and feature faux suede uppers.

ALDO 'Calcagni' - Fun and Funky High Heeled Platform Shoes

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If you prefer your platform shoes funky, chunky, and full of personality, then you'll definitely want to have a look at these trendy platform pumps from Aldo. The substantial 4.5" heels are offset by concealed 1" platform soles, so they actually feel a bit more like wearing 3.5" heels, but you'll still get that added height.

Available in beige, black, fuchsia, lilac, and dark peach, these attention-grabbing shoes feature suede uppers, and suede-wrapped heels and platform soles.

Pour La Victoire 'Taryn' - Sexy Platform Sandals

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One of the season's most versatile styles, these Pour La Victoire sandals are as easy to pair up with your favorite outfits as they are to look at. Their leather uppers are classically-styled, while their shapely 4.5" heels are balanced by 1.25" platform soles. Stunning in tan, black, dusty plum, salmon, neon yellow, and neon pink, these sandals are ideal for skirts and dresses of any shape or length, and they'd easily make the transition from day to night.

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