It’s been a rough few years for the platform pump. Although it had a moment as fashion’s favorite heel half a decade ago, the style’s since been adapted as the unofficial footwear of Real Housewives, Jersey Shore fist pumpers and girls who own more bandage dresses than bras. That’s a hard reputation to shake.
Even so, I can’t bring myself to part with the perks of stack-soled heels: the boost of height that doesn’t hurt my feet, the sturdiness that makes my legs look extra long and skinny, the way I don’t have to have them resoled every few weeks. To see me through until platform pumps loose the reality star stigma, I’ve mastered the art of finding pairs cool enough to convert even the biggest single sole snobs. Click through the slideshow above for the first five things I look for.