Platform shoes give you some additional height while sparing your feet from the pain of a four inch heel. (Or you still wear a four inch heel with a one inch platform because you like pain and being tall.) But platforms move differently than flexible soles. I bought a pair of lovely platform pumps a year ago but haven't worn them as much as I thought I would. I have to clomp in them, and if I try to walk like a normal human, the shoes rub my soles funny. If the sidewalks aren't perfect, I have to cling to my husband for support which makes me feel silly. After this experience, I don't think I'll buy another pair. Do you like what platforms have to offer, or do they rub you the wrong way?