Fashion Myths – Victorian Fetish boots

Fetish boots are most often identified as dating from the 1890s or early 1900s, probably because of their high lace and button styles. However, most of the fetish boots I have seen that are identified as being that early are usually from the 1930s or 40s and made in a nostalgic style – referencing the pre WW1 fashion for high boots. The high, slender heel like those illustrated below was not introduced until the late 1920s and was in use, with little change, into the mid 1950s.

Article from February 1939 English magazine ‘Gay Book’ See cover illustrated in my November 17 post

Pair of thigh high Fetish boots from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, c. 1930s