If you are interested in the history of high heel shoes,
the best work about it that I seen to date is the book titled
Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More by Linda O'Keefe.
(1996 Workman Publishing). It contains over a thousand photographs with some high heels
dating back to circa 1700. Also, for a scholarly work, click here for a
History of Footwear by Cameron Kippen of the Department of Podiatry
at Curtin University of Technology.
Furthermore, if are a serious history buff, like to travel and/or
see high heel shoes in a museum atomsphere, there are some museums that you can visit:
Bata Shoe Museum
This large shoe musuem is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, North America.
Its website contains lots of pictures.
Museo Del Calzado (Museum of the Footwear)
This shoe musuem is located in Elda, Valenciana, Spain, Europe.
Note that this website is in Spanish.
Deutsches Ledermuseum / Schuhmuseum (German Leather Museum/Shoe Museum)
This shoe museum is located in Offenbach am Main
(close to the city's border with Frankfurt), Germany, Europe.
This an online shoe museum only. It was a paper done
by a student at the University of Maryland, United States, North America.
It contains some old American art work.
Marikina Shoe Museum
J. P. Rizal Street
Manila, CA 1800 Philippines
+63 2 646 1634
Open Hours 10am-7pm Mon-Fri.
This large shoe is located in Manila, Philippines, Asia.
As I first wrote about Marikina on my Fashion web page,
this musuem contains over 200 pairs of Melda Marcos' size 8 1/2 shoes.
Northampton Shoe Museum
This large shoe museum is located in Northampton, England, Great Britain, Europe.
Its website contains lots of pictures. Some involve extraordinary high heel shoes.
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo (Salvatore Ferragamo Museum)
This shoe museum is located in Florence, Italy, Europe.
Salvatore Ferragamo was one of the great designers of women shoes, many of which had
lovely high heels.
Note that this website is in Italian.
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine's Shoe Museum
This shoe museum is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North America.
Oakland Museum at the Oakland International Airport
This shoe museum is located in the connecting walkway between Terminals One and Two
of the Oakland International Airport, United States, North America.
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