A hundred years of heels

I have no idea what’s next, but this is what has gone before:

HelloGiggles notes that the most recent styles are also the most dangerous-looking. The significance of this is left as an exercise for the student.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 September 2016 · 7:36 am

    I wonder what it says that I find the 1940s ones the cutest?

    Also, the 1980s short ruffly socks with heels…..gads, I remember that trend.

  2. CGHill »

    4 September 2016 · 12:03 pm

    I kind of liked those green numbers from the 1920s.

    There’s an unsubtle shift from one end of the century to the other. In earlier times, nobody would know if you’d ever even had a pedicure. Today, everyone expects to see your toes. I’m not sure this is such a good thing.

  3. ETat »

    4 September 2016 · 2:04 pm

    20’s are my favorite

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 September 2016 · 5:57 pm

    Toes can be one of the more unhandsome body parts, even on someone who is otherwise good-looking.

  5. CGHill »

    4 September 2016 · 6:21 pm

    At least that didn’t seem to be a problem with the model here.

  6. ETat »

    4 September 2016 · 6:48 pm

    No, but most of teh shoes she models are a size-two too big

  7. CGHill »

    4 September 2016 · 7:07 pm

    Better that, if you ask me, than too small; few things are as offputting as toes that stick out half an inch farther than the shoe.

  8. fillyjonk »

    4 September 2016 · 9:06 pm

    I’m guessing it’s hard to find vintage shoes in an exact size. I did notice one or two of the older styles looked distinctly “little girl playing in Mom’s shoes”

  9. CGHill »

    4 September 2016 · 9:24 pm

    I used to date someone on the petite side; she wore a size-4 shoe and seldom could find good ones.

    Since most shoes are offered in 5 to 10, I began wondering about the other end. Paris Hilton’s shoe line goes to 11, because she wears an 11. I found a couple of celebs who actually wear a 12.

  10. fillyjonk »

    6 September 2016 · 1:14 pm

    I knew a woman when I was in college who used to buy shoes from a company that catered to transvestite men or transwomen, because her feet were large and it was hard to find a good selection at department stores. (I think she was a 12? It’s been a long time).

    I’m smack in the middle: 7 1/2, but I find shoe shopping hard because I have special-snowflake feet and ankles (can’t tolerate heels higher than maybe an inch and a half, two inches MAYBE if I didn’t have to stand very long and I have exceptionally flat feet)

  11. CGHill »

    6 September 2016 · 3:16 pm

    And they do seem to be pushing heels these days.

    I wonder how you’d fare with the Thesis Couture shoes, once the price gets down to merely unreasonable.

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