Long ago, before cities had proper waste disposal and street cleaners, men and women wore shoes with thick wooden soles to keep their hems out of the muck. Luckily, slop on the sidewalk is not an issue in many cities anymore, and so platform sneakers crept onto the fashion scene in the 70's. Initially credited to Salvatore Ferragamo, they found a home as the alternative rock and grunge shoe of choice, until the Spice Girls brought them back into popular culture. Nowadays, platform sneakers have become part of the kawaii look, coming in all sorts of pastel shades and designs, with perhaps a hint of soft grunge in modern creepers. They are wonderfully versatile, and can be worn with jeans, dresses or shorts.