Best vintage platform shoe collection (2008)


"After dating someone for a few months you realize he's either too weird or too small," exclaimed a young woman sitting in one of the lounge chairs in Poppet, a cozy vintage shop off First Avenue. Two other women giggled and I couldn't help cracking a smile myself. Every time I pop into this East Village boutique I feel as if I have stumbled into a 1960s mod tea party complete with girly girls, giggles, and perhaps most distracting, an assortment of platform shoes that I think should be in a museum. The owners of this jewel-box boutique, previously called Psyche's Tears, scour the planet for the best and quirky in wedge design—from the backyards of Ohio to the streets of London, from well-known labels to obscure brands, from cork to Cherokee, this retro retreat's darling varieties will have you resembling a model from a vintage Vogue photo spread in no time. Or, at the very least, you'll be elevated to equal height.


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