Friday, August 22, 2014

Fashion History : Extreme Heels

Extreme heels are a modern thing? Think again!

Humans are always fascinated by extreme heels since the dawn of ages. Why? It shows higher social status, dominance, power, or even sometimes vulnerability. Whatever the reason was, the fetish of wearing high shoes runs in our blood.

Spanish Chopine, early 1580-1620.
Photo Credit : Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ottoman Qabâqib, 19th Century
Photo Credit : Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Italian Chopine, early 1590-1600
Photo Credit : Fototeca dei Musei Civici Fiorentini

Swedish shoe, 17th Centurx
Photo Credit : Göran Schmidt, Collection of Skokloster Castle, Sweden

Manchu Women Cotton and Silk Shoe, 19th Century
Photo Credit : Brooklyn Museum

My personal favorite would be the italian chopine from fiorentini. Reminds me so much of Lady GaGa's ballet platform shoe from the video "Marry The Night". Do you know which one I meant?

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Yep. That one. It's a custom made piece from a japanese designer, Noritaka Tatehana. The shoe itself is called "Lady Pointe" and it's 18 Inch high. Simply an artwork.

Which one is your favorite and why? Write in the comment section and let me know!

You know you can blame our stilettos obsession on our genes from now on..


Adrian FS.


  1. OMG I can't imagine myself walking on one of them. lol
    crazy heels indeed!