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Platform boot

A woman wearing a Latex bodysuit with platform boots

Platform boots are boots with thick wedge soles or a combination of thick soles and high heels that are similar in some respects to the platform shoe. They were seen as the cutting edge of fashion in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and during the British invasion. They were worn by both men and women.


  • Platform boots in music 1
    • Marilyn Manson 1.1
    • Rammstein 1.2
    • Cradle of Filth 1.3

Platform boots in music

Since the 1970s ended, the platform boot declined in popularity. However, some music artists have worn them in music videos and on stage, such as Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Stevie Nicks from the rock band Fleetwood Mac. The rock band Kiss is known for their outrageous platform boots as well.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson wore platform boots on the Mechanical Animals promo and Rock Is Dead tours. His main outfit was a black mesh jumpsuit with feathers on the ends of the sleeves and collar, a black thong with about 6 rivets or possibly diamonds on the front, as well as black platform boots.

For his Grotesk Burlesk tour and associated promotion, Manson, as well as most of the other band members, wore platforms——most notably in the shots taken by Perou and Gottfried Helnwein. For live performances, the prominent wearers were Manson, Skold, John 5, and Pogo. Ginger wore them too, but most of the time they were hidden behind his drumset. They were only viewed when he stood up on the drums, trashed the set, then jumped off and ran offstage. These styles of boots are also popular in the goth fashion.


Richard, the lead guitarist, has worn stylized platforms for the sehnsucht tour.

Cradle of Filth

Dani Filth, as well as other members of the band, notably Paul Allender, can be seen in platform boots with large sheet metal razorblades screwed into the front on stage.

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