High heels first became a fashion phenomenon when taken up by 15th-century Venetian courtesans. In more recent times, they have appeared in a mind-boggling array of shapes and sizes. We chart their evolution from the turn of the 20th century to today.

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C. 1900-Marie Lloyd, the famous music hall artiste, wears a pair of satin high-heeled pumps

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C. 20s, these flappers look the cat’s pajamas in their high heels and bows in 1925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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C. 30s, the actor Carol Goodner reclines on deck in a jaunty little outfit. Note the close proximity of a lifebelt – a health and safety requirement when wearing high heels on board ship in the 1930s

 

 

 

 

 

 

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C. 40s — The foxy fashions of the 1940s are certainly easy on the eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 C. 50s — Marilyn Monroe plays baseball in a slightly inappropriate outfit in 1952. Something tells us she’s not bothered about making a home run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 C. 60s — By the 1960s, heels are an everyday sight on the high street

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 C. 70s — we prefer this modern interpretation of the 70s look, as seen at Sao Paulo fashion week

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    C. 80s — High heels are part of the uniform in the power-dressing 1980s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   NOW — Heels reach new heights in 2008. Agyness Deyn looks long and lean in these spiky babies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Some women have even learned to run in their heels, as seen at this stiletto race in Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This process is quite interesting.

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