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Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) Marilyn Monroe once said “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot”. Whether this statement is true or not, these sexy, red leather stiletto-heeled shoes give a sense of the sensual image cultivated by Monroe, who wore them in 1957 in Montreal.

Red leather stiletto-heeled shoes worn by Marilyn Monroe in Montreal, 1957 (Bata Shoe Museum)

Ella Fitzgerald's shoes, on Ella's birthday!

Shoe Stories - The Shoes of Notable People Episode Ella Fitzgerald

Evening shoes Paris, France, 1959 Roger Vivier for Christian Dior Kingfisher feathers & leather

My heart stopped ! gorgeous Evening shoes Paris, France, 1959 Roger Vivier for Christian Dior Kingfisher feathers & leather

Brown and tan button boots by Lady Luxury, American, 1914-1917. At the dawn of the twentieth century, women’s dress became central to the discussion of women’s suffrage. Some critics denigrated women’s rights activists for their slovenly dress and unattractive footwear, while other anti-suffragists took the opposite tack, arguing that the suffragettes’ acquiescence to fashion, such as the wearing of “French heels” was a sure sign of their lack of reason. Many suffragettes attempted to strike…

Button boots, made by Lady Luxury American, Photo credit: 2011 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.

FCBTC / zapatos CHOPINES antiguos

A chopine is a type of womens platform shoe that was popular in the and centuries. Chopines were originally used as a patten, clog, or overshoe to protect the shoes and dress from mud and street soil. Compare to some shoe designs of

Dark brown satin pumps with steel bead buckles, American, 1920-25. Worn by Mrs. Harry Norton Torrey, the granddaughter of Captain John B. Ford, who was the founder of the first plate glass company in America. Label: "B. Siegel and Co., Detroit"

Dark brown satin pumps with steel bead buckles, American, 1920-25. Worn by Mrs. Harry Norton Torrey, the granddaughter of Captain John B. Ford, who was the founder of the first plate glass company in America. Label: "B. Siegel and Co., Detroit"

In the 16th century, upper-class Venetian women would have worn elegant chopines like this pair of velvet-covered shoes, which were explicitly designed as luxurious fashion (circa 1580-1620). Courtesy the Bata Shoe Museum.

International Velvet

Velvet covered wooden platforms ornamented with silver lace and silk tassel Italian Copyright of Bata Shoe Museum Toronto, Canada

Episode 4 - Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection Series  This episode examines the complicated history of the stiletto

Episode 4 - Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection Series This episode examines the complicated history of the stiletto

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