High Heels, Femininity and International Women’s Day


From the Bata Shoe Museum. Silk shoes with yellow silk covered heels.
Possibly French, 1760s.

In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, I attended a lecture put on by Herstories Cafe. It happened last Wednesday night at the Bata Shoe Museum (reason enough to attend, in my opinion!) and featured senior curator Elizabeth Semmelhack speaking about the history of the high heel. To supplement her already-fascinating topic, Semmelhack had an awesome slideshow that juxtaposed historical images (paintings, photographs, advertisements) with images from shoes in museum’s collection. Continue reading