Platforms are carrying on as a big trend as we move into the colder months, but don't think for a second that means you can continue wearing those chunky cork wedges. Platform soles for winter are much more subtle and ladylike. They give you just enough lift and allow you to wear a higher heel than usual, but you don't look like you're on stilts. Look for luxury fabrics like silk, brocade, velvet and lace, and Victorian touches that stop the whole look from being too 70's glam-rock. Top of our shopping list are Georgina Goodman's 'Pepper' (£299), Anthropologie's $348 Gala platforms (right) and our top bargain find, Additions black plaform court for an amazing £19.