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Patent Fashions – Changeable heels

In 1956 I. Miller launched a shoe that was engineered to take interchangeable heels. The idea was to extend the wearability of one pair of shoes from day into evening, or for increasing the potential for one pair of shoes to accessorize … Continue reading

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As Seen In — 1940 Perugia shoe?

This shoe has always been a bit of a mystery to me. It is one of a pair I bought off eBay 10 years or more ago for cheap – I  think they were $30.00. What intrigued me at the … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Perugia’s cut-out wedge D119397

Andre Perugia is unquestionably the most inventive shoe designer of the 20th century. His 3 1/2 year design patent for a novelty wedge shoe was granted in 1940. The actual shoe shown here is from about 25 years later and not … Continue reading

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Who invented the stiletto?

I have been asked this question and I am sorry to say there is no simple answer. The original stiletto was a dagger with a short, slim, tapered blade. The first time the word was used to describe a heel can … Continue reading

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