X Factor 2012: Tulisa Contostavlos and Mel B show how platform heels are a real ankle snapper


These shoes AREN'T made for walking: Tulisa, Mel B and Victoria Beckham embrace celebrity trend for ankle-snapping extreme platforms… and come a cropper

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18:13 GMT, 6 June 2012

The trend for concealed platform shoes has swept the fashion world as women strive to add inches to their stature the simple way.

But despite the undeniable leg-lengthening effects they offer, the towering shoes have become steadily more difficult to walk in as designers add ever more inches to the soles.

And while the highest of heels might seem tempting on the shop floor, mastering the art of walking in them is another matter.

As Tulisa Contostavlos and Mel B stepped out of their hotel in Manchester on the way to X Factor auditions yesterday, they discovered the impracticalities of their fashionable footwear.

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Uh-oh! Tulisa realises her huge platform heels are a bit too high as she leaves for the X
Factor auditions yesterday. In the end she asked a male friend to help
her down the hotel stairs

Both X Factor judges struggled to negotiate a seven-step
staircase yesterday, turning to their bodyguards for assistance as
they fought to keep their balance.

Tulisa, modelling a pair studded
lemon peep-toe platform stilettos, teetered down each stone step before clinging to
her chauffeur-driven car in relief.

Mel B however, who went for an even higher pair
of gold and black platforms, almost fell at one point. But thanks to an
assistant close at hand she quickly got back on two feet.

The two were wholeheartedly embracing the current trend for extreme platforms – also called hidden or concealed platforms. The sole of the shoe is built up by several inches.

The trend for the exaggerated platform first moved from the realm of the stripper shoe into the mainstream five years ago, and has been gaining pace ever since.

Christian Louboutin's hidden platforms have proved the biggest high fashion hit, with Victoria Beckham wearing a navy blue custom-made pair for the royal wedding last year, and joining Kim Kardashian and Coleen Rooney in their love for the nude peep-toe platforms.

Mel B

Mel B

Mel B

Mel B

Towering: Mel B confidently stepped out from her hotel in her impossibly high platform shoes, but at the bottom of the staircase loses her balance and reaches out to an assistant

THE ALSO FANS…

Stacked up: Coleen Rooney wore a pair of Louboutin platforms to Aintree earlier this year

Stacked up: Coleen Rooney wore a pair of Louboutin platforms to Aintree earlier this year

Coleen is fond of the same nude peep-toes worn by Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian

Fan club: Coleen is fond of the same nude peep-toes worn by Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian

Trendsetter: Jennifer Lopez wore a pair of concealed platforms back in 2010

Trendsetter: Jennifer Lopez wore a pair of concealed platforms back in 2010

LEARNING FROM THE MASTER: VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria Beckham is the undisputed Queen of high heels, regularly wearing stacked platforms to boost her 5' 4″ frame. Her favourite shoe maestro is Christian Louboutin, the Parisian designer who is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to vertiginous footwear.

Victoria Beckham was one of the early adopters of the trend, being one of the first to wear Christian Louboutin's covered platforms

Victoria Beckham was one of the early adopters of the trend, being one of the first to wear Christian Louboutin's covered platforms

Don't topple off, Vics! Earlier this year in extreme platform boots by Walter Steiger - also spotted on Lindsay Lohan and Anna Dello Russo

Don't topple off, Vics! Earlier this year in extreme platform boots by Walter Steiger – also spotted on Lindsay Lohan and Anna Dello Russo

... and another pair - more Louboutins for Victoria, as she poses in Hong Kong for a launch of her fashion brand

… and another pair – more Louboutins for Victoria, as she poses in Hong Kong for a launch of her fashion brand

Victoria Beckham was one of the early adopters of the trend, being one of the first to wear Christian Louboutin's covered platforms

Don't topple off, Vics! Earlier this year in extreme platform boots

... and another pair - more Louboutins for Victoria, as she poses in Hong Kong for a launch of her fashion brand

Popular: The Louboutin covered platforms have been worn by a number of celebrities including Kim Kardashian who stands 5'2″ tall