Platform shoes remind many of us of the '70s, but if you hate the pain of high heels, these are a viable option. With thick soles and sturdy, often towering heels, they are often well-balanced and easier to wear than shoes with a heel in a similar height. From wild patterns to basic black, platforms are sure to get you noticed, and who doesn't want to look a few inches taller in comfort? When you're headed out to a night of dancing and you don't want to bandage your feet after, these are a very smart purchase. Try them with maxi dresses and skirts if you like to look taller without advertising your intelligent use of platform shoes.