Start your engines, ladies—It’s officially June in Portland. With temperatures approaching ninety degrees this week, both of our stores are stocked to the brim with one thing: sandals! As salons stay packed with ladies rushing to get their toes rainbow-ready, our shelves are overflowing with amazing shoewear.With Seventies fashion taking over the runways this season, one particular style of sandal that we have been accepting on consignment is cork platform sandal. As a more supportive, shock-absorbing style than the flip-flop, cork platforms add edge (and height!) for a super summery look. It’s a slight variation on the platform wedge sandal, which seems to have edged out the stiletto lately as the best go-to party wear.First worn by Greek actors as early as 220 B.C., cork platforms were commonly an indicator of an actor’s status within a play. The taller the platform (sometimes as much as six inches!), the more central the protagonist was. Called the Cothurnus platform, these sky-high shoes made actors easier to see for the audience. Fast forward to the 1700s, and the Peking Opera in China followed suit with a similar concept through silk platform boots!
Platform popularity next entered the horizon like a color wheel on fire with Salvatore Ferragamo’s fashion-forward cork sandal. Although it was first released in the 1930s, it still manages to keep that completely modern look even by today’s standards. While my first guess would’ve placed his sandal as a classic Seventies disco sandal, apparently Ferragamo was just ahead of his game.The beauty of consignment shopping is the art of the guessing game. We never know what will come through our doors, so it is always a blast to make note of the patterns in fashion. It’s also a lot more fun to shop for shoes, since it practically feels like fate when a pair is just your style and size. For the lucky lady who gets to take home these gorgeous Prada corks (available in our online store), I salute you!