HISTORY OF HIGH HEELS
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the shops of Worth other fashion houses arose, such as Paquin,
Chernit and Doucet, which transformed Paris into the world capital
of fashion. Some shoemakers who worked for these houses became
independent and worked as designers. Among them, Pinet in
particular arrived in Paris in 1855 to work with the house of
Worth, and created the heel that has his name, finer and
straighter than the popular "Louis". Another outstanding
creator was Pietro Yanturni who called himself "the most
expensive shoemaker in the world", with an exclusive
clientele of only 20 clients, and whose shoes are actually being
exhibited at present in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New
York. Andre Perugia followed him. His shoes are exhibited in the
Musee de la Chaussure, in Romans, France.
|In 1900 there were
still reminders of the previous century. It was still considered
indecent for a woman to show her naked extremities. Comfort
prevailed in detriment to style, which was relegated to the
privacy of the home. In public, tight and buttoned boots were worn.
|This changed after
the First World War. With the improvement of the economy, the
ribbon shoe arrived with its pointed toes and high heels of the
"Louis" type. There was an explosion of colour and high
heels were even used for dancing.
|The Thirties brought
the Great Depression and had its repercussions on fashion. Heels
became lower and wider. Walking boots competed with sandals that
ended the influence of lounge shoes, whose pointed toes and heels
could not be exposed.
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