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Vintage Platform Shoes Collection

by Jamie Sanford on March 10, 2011

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Lady Gaga is into some more modern-day platforms. (Via GagaFashionLand, click the image for the full post on their site.)

When I saw the first pair of shoes below, I decided to look up the origins of the platform shoe.  Wikipedia has some great info on the origins of platform shoes.

Platform shoes enjoyed some popularity in the United States, Europe and the UK in the 1930s, 1940s, and very early 1950s, but not nearly to the extent of their popularity in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, when the biggest, and most prolonged, platform shoe fad in U.S. history began at least as early as 1967 (appearing in both advertisements and articles in 1970 issues of Seventeen magazine), and continued through the early-1980s. (This is thought not to be the case in Europe or the UK, where they had all but died out by 1979.) At the beginning of the fad, they were worn primarily by young women in their teens and twenties, and occasionally by younger girls, older women, and (particularly during the disco era) by young men, and although they did provide added height without nearly the discomfort of spike heels, they seem to have been worn primarily for the sake of attracting attention. Many glam rock musicians wore platform shoes as part of their act.

Thanks to the Etsy Tumblr for pointing these shoes out!

Epic Disco-Era ShoesLook at these giant beasts!  They have been super disco-weathered.  These are a women’s size 9 and are available from Etsy seller SimplicityisBliss for $525.

Gold PlatformsThese are sparkly. These vintage gold sparkly platforms are a women’s size 6.5 and are available on eBay for $120 via Buy It Now.

Vintage Leather PlatformsOh these ones are super fierce.  (This is making me want to go and scan some photos from my parents’ wedding – some of their guests in 1976 have crazy awesome platforms.)  These multi-colored platforms are a women’s size 9.5 and are available on eBay for $550.

Are you into vintage items? Would you buy these vintage platform shoes to wear or just to use as home decor?

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Etsy Gift Finder for Your Holiday Shopping

by Jamie Sanford on December 14, 2010

Someone pointed this out on Twitter the other day and I have to share it here.  The Etsy gift finder is completely brilliant, but does require use of good judgment.

So you visit the site, and you choose a Facebook friend and it provides gift suggestions based on the information they’ve given in their Facebook profiles.  My test subject is one of our favorite guest bloggers here at The Daily Wishlist, Kelly Kreth.

Kelly’s profile is really robust, so this page continues long after my screenshot here, but you get the idea.

I asked Kelly to comment on the results that came up for her:

“While I think the FaceBook/Etsy Gift Finder is a genius idea, it is better in concept than execution. After Jamie did mine and I found it way off base, I tried it on some other friends and it equally missed its mark.

Considering there are tons of profanities, dark and perverse status updates and pictures of the darker side of life on my FB page, the fact that the gift finder found dachshund pillows and tunic shirts that only a grandma in the Midwest would wear is disconcerting. I’m glad my computer is not allowed to purchase presents for me. Also, while I would never get a Kindle or any kind of e-reader, if I did, I certainly wouldn’t cover it in dachshund-themed coating.”

So clearly, the gift finder can give you some guidance, but you still need to have some sort of mental filter in place.  I used it for my friend Alex too and found some things I would definitely buy for her.

Side note: I really love Etsy, and even moreso, I love the idea of supporting individuals when buying things whenever possible.  I bought a vintage item from a seller recently and it was a quick and easy experience.  I’ve also purchased electronic/digital items this year, including the design of the updated logo and header for this very blog – from Etsy seller Winchester Lambourne, who I would highly recommend.

Anyway, get going on over to the Etsy Gift Finder if you’re still shopping, let Facebook and Etsy help you find a gift idea for anyone left on your shopping list.  It won’t solve all of your gifting issues, but may help you get on the right track.

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