Shoe Porn: Perspex platforms by Chelsea Cobbler

1970s, chelsea cobbler, Illustrations, Inspirational Images, jean varon, john bates, Michael English, Vogue
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