An American patent for a steel-reinforced cut-away wedge heel was granted in 1956, although similar versions carved from wood existed around 1940. While the style was avant-garde in 1940, and a commercial novelty in the late 1950s, by the early 1960s high-heeled shoes of any kind were losing popularity, with the most fashion-conscious women choosing lower heels. By 1964, when this wedge heel style appears in the Fredericks of Hollywood catalogue, high-heeled wedge shoes had taken on a sex-kitten look – something Ann Margaret might wear with tight capris and a fringed bare-midriff top.
Twenty-five years before someone put goldfish inside a platform shoe some shoe designer, probably inspired by the idea of coachmen mice and glass slippers from the 1950 Disney film Cinderella, decided it might be fun to put mice inside a hollow plastic wedge heel. Before you freak out, I am guessing this was a one-off made as a publicity stunt for a shoe convention and, if worn, probably saw one fashion show. I wouldn’t be too quick to assume the worst fate for the mice either – those guys can chew through a wall!