Men in Heels: a His (and Her) Story, an Interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack


French or English, mid-17th century men's shoe. Image © 2015 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada. Photo: Ron Wood.

High heels have long been the domain of women--but first they were worn by men. This week, we track the evolution of the high heel as worn by male cavalry to "irrational" women with Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack.

Additional Reading

  • Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Heights of Fashion: a History of the Elevated Shoe. Pittsburgh: Periscope Publishing, 2008.