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SHEI Magazine is a University of Michigan student-run fashion, art, and pop culture publication. Everything from the photography, writing, modeling, editing, and publicity of our bi-yearly print publications and monthly digital mini is created by students who attend the University of Michigan. Founded in 1999, SHEI Magazine continues to produce issues of professional quality, as well as provide real-world experience to students interested in journalism, publishing, and the fashion industries.

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The Rise of the Platform, Literally

Lauren Guldan

  As the sleet and overcast skies of winter make way for the sunnier days of spring, hemlines rise in anticipation of warmer weather.  This season, chunky platform heels will also be sure to make an appearance. They are the perfect paring for the full skirts and slim, cropped trousers that are showing up on the runway.

Prada S/S 2013 Platform

Kate Spade "Ila"

Zara Lacquered Wooden Platform


One of Prada's particularly memorable platform designs features a geisha-like, bejeweled platform flipflop complete with a gold foil sock: it seems more like object d’art than kick-around footwear.

Labels ranging from Kate Spade New York, with its floral “Ila,” to Zara with it wood-soled “Lacquered Wooden Platform” jumped on the trend, creating more street-ready designs.  The modern platform comes in many reincarnations, and is a far cry from the platform sneakers of the 70s. This shoe is a great alternative to the straw espadrille for the sunnier seasons ahead, and is much more comfortable than their slim heeled counterpart: the stiletto heel.  With a warmer forecast ahead, make sure to add the chunky platform to your repertoire.

Karlie Kloss

Here Karlie Kloss is shown in an editorial wearing  Alexander McQueen platforms, paired with a tea party dress complete with a petticoat.  While this may be a little daring to wear on the streets of Ann Arbor, her all-white look is on trend for spring.  Channel Karlie's vibe by pairing your platforms with a pair of white jeans and a sheer white blouse, and anchor them with black accessories. Wear your platform sandals with a pair of sheer socks, as shown here, while it's still chilly. And make sure to be careful walking your Great Dane while wearing such high heels!