“ Brand: Asos / Type: Platform Shoes „
When I saw the ASOS Paradox Boiled Wool Lace Up Platform Shoe I just couldn't resist them. I'd been on the look out for shoe boots and although I tower over a few people as it is, I didn't mind being over 5 inches taller. This style is available in 2 colours - navy with gold piping and gold heel or grey with black piping and black heel. I opted for the grey as I felt they were more versatile whereas the navy/gold is more limited with clothing colour choices.
Priced at £45 they're regularly on offer - I paid £36 for my pair. They are well made but the soles are very thin so they have shown wear quite early on. The soles are light and ridged but they are incredibly slippy on laminate flooring and similar surfaces offering very little grip. I've never had any problem while wearing them outdoors in dry weather but they're not a shoe I'd wear if I knew I'd be walking up or down hills, on gravel or on grass as the stiletto heel will very easily pierce through. I have managed to walk on cobbles with them but it's definitely not my preferred terrain as they don't offer much support.
If you don't wear heels regularly I probably wouldn't recommend them. With a heel of 5.8 inches (14cm) coupled with the 1.2 inch (3cm) platform they are high and do put more pressure on your toes rather than heel. The insoles are slightly padded so they're not uncomfortable but I did find they rubbed on one of my heels to begin with and a little at the toes where you can see the body of the shoe has joined. The lining inside covers this but the slight bulge can dig in.
Having narrow feet they are perfect as they're lace up but even without tying the laces there's really not a lot of room so those with wider feet may not find them comfortable or easy to put on. The silver eyelets seem to do a good job of protecting the laces from rubbing as there is no damage and as the laces are a good length it's easy enough to double tie them to ensure they don't come undone.
Colour and style wise I find them perfect for dressing up a casual look. They go very well with black, blue and grey, skinny and bootcut jeans but just make sure the trousers you do wear are long enough in the leg (you don't want a fashion faux pas!). I've also worn them with leggings, jeggings, dresses, skirts and shorts. The style is a little more for winter rather than summer but they have made a nice alternative to black heels. Available in sizes 3 to 8 the shoes are true to size. I'm a size 7 and find these fit perfectly. If you are a half size I'd go up rather than down.
I bought my pair in January so almost 4 months on the only damage is to the soles. Being such a light colour they have blackened and scuffed. The boiled wool has been rather durable and even the black patent heel hasn't shown any wear. Depending on how comfortable you are in walking in high heels they can limit how often you'd wear them but with the sun coming out I have been wearing them a lot more. I think the sole damage was really the biggest let down for me but I'm still going to get a lot of wear out of them so they're not too bad for the price.