And those were a pretty close copy of these Kork-Ease that I'd been coveting:
At a price of $24 vs. $150, I clicked to buy. They arrived at my house on Tuesday. Hoo boy, I like them but they're a bit more extreme than I was expecting. They're tall--1 5/8" in front, rising to 4 1/4" at the heel. In spite of all that, they're surprisingly comfortable because the foot itself isn't bent into a Barbie doll angle. Yes, I wore platforms the first time around in the 70s and the time after that, so I guess I'm not a believer in the adage that you shouldn't wear a trend again if you wore it the first time.
The other pair was more reasonable:
These are Clarks and the second pair I've bought in this style. They'll look fine with trousers and skirts, are walkable, and are not overly "comfort shoe" looking. I had a neuroma in my left foot last year, and although I'm hanging onto my business banking heels for now, I'm trying to spend most of my time in shoes that don't crowd my toes or force them forward. That means wearing shoes that are somewhat sensible, even though I may veer into crazy platforms from time to time.
The podiatrist has signed off on this, probably because she knows I'll comply better with fewer restrictions. Yes, she understands how I am.