Vila_Isabel, samba & platform sandals

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    Dancers say the platform sandals, preferably with shiny straps and buckles that snake to the knee, help prevent them from tipping over and injuring their ankles while dancing the lightning-quick gyrations of the samba.

    "Platforms are safer," said Iris Sol, 28, a dancer for the drum section of the Barroca Zona Sul samba club in Sao Paulo.

    "I've paraded with samba troupes since I was six, but the truth is that I was dancing samba when I was born," she said.

    Sandals with platform heels push body weight onto the ball of the foot, where the samba is danced. Samba platforms go as high as 17 centimeters, or 6.6 inches. Heels are extra-wide.

    "Platforms make women more beautiful, elegant and taller, with better posture. They help you stick out your chest and butt a bit," said Magaly Santos, 22, Sao Paulo's 2005 Carnival queen.

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    1. daileybaby650 58 months ago | reply

      The dance the costumes the beautiful people, this is the best celebration of all time and exhibits the most beautiful women you can imagine. Love it...Keep up the good work.

    2. Juan et Ya 58 months ago | reply

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    3. Jana Hst 57 months ago | reply

      Nice snapshot.

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    5. abunto.de 31 months ago | reply

      Just beautiful

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