HEIGHTS OF FASHION

A History of the Elevated Foot

Throughout its history in Western fashion, the high heel has been used to enhance stature, status, and sex appeal. Simultaneously impractical, proper, demure, and daring, the high heel of today bears the imprint of its complex 500-year evolution. From the extravagant chopines of the 16th century to the elegant stilettos of the 20th century, influences as varied as politics to pavement have contributed to the enduring success of elevating shoes.

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Black button boots
Possibly German, late 19th to early 20th century

BSM P89.18