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The High Court: Aristocratic Heels
These extremely well preserved high-heeled shoes date to the early 1700s. The heels are made of bevel-carved wood covered in deep red Moroccan leather. The placement of the heel is quite close to the instep of the foot and reflects the difficulty shoemakers had in meeting the demand for excessive height. Prior to the creation of the reinforced shank, heels that were set back too far from the middle of the shoe caused the instep to collapse. The answer to the problem was to place the heel almost at the mid-point under the foot.

Embroidered silk shoes
Italian, 1700-1720
BSM P90.186