Shoe Porn: Perspex platforms by Chelsea Cobbler

richard smith for chelsea cobbler

Perspex multi-speckled leather sandal, £35, Richard Smith for The Chelsea Cobbler. Spangled djellaba by John Bates at Jean Varon.

It’s a great shame that the perspex platform has become so indelibly linked with pole dancing and general modern “Made in China” market stall tat, because they had such a gorgeous pedigree from the Forties, and later in the Seventies. These are by the great Richard Smith for Chelsea Cobbler, beautifully hand-painted for Vogue by Michael English.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, August 1973

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One Comment on “Shoe Porn: Perspex platforms by Chelsea Cobbler”

  1. ak says:

    You’re right sadly about the obvious ‘down-marketing’ of clear Perspex platform heels. Even the silly American comedian Chris Rock made fun of ‘clear heels’ in one of his stand up comedy shows once. He made jokes characterising girls wearing ‘clear heels’ as being easy just because strippers wear them all the time and he said girls wearing ‘clear heels’ usually have ‘daddy issues’. Go figure!

    The pair in that picture you’ve provided above are beautiful being one of the prettiest pair of clear Perspex platform shoes I’ve ever seen.


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