Like most women I have a passion for shoes. Although, luckily mine is controllable. I'm often content just admiring them visually. I will (most probably) not be seduced into throwing money on shoes I will never wear, simply because they sing their siren song to me and are utterly gorgeous (pointy toe shoe that squeezes my toes or sexy and extravagant skyscraper heel). I also have a bit of a passion for the history of shoes (clothing and costumes also). I just found photos of some truly remarkable ones, some particularly unusual, but also some that would be very wearable even today...
The shoemaker's wife showing collection of his goods ranging from boots to slippers.
I love the colors of her outfit.
Three elaborate 16th century ladies shoes called Venetian Chopines. I guess these were the original platform shoes? To keep ladies toes dry while walking along Venetian canals.
Three elegant wooden sandals from Bally Shoe Museum. Hmm, it must have been hard to keep these on one's feet, holding onto these sandals with nothing but one's toes!
Various styles of shoes of all ages from the 15th to 18th centuries as seen in an exhibit at the Museum of Costume, Paris.
If I didn't know that the top two were shoes I would have thought they were corsets!
Many types of shoes w. text, showing styles from 17th and 18th centuries.
Richly decorated shoes: for men, from second half of 16th century (top); ladies shoe, from England, 17th century (center); ladies shoe from France, from 17th century. (Pointy toe alert!)
Illustration of many types of shoes, w. legend "New Summer Chaussurie".
I've always loved these types of booties.
Sketches of footwear at fashionable watering place near North Foreland.
And finally these... I would love to wear them this summer...
Three Egyptian sandals made of strips of Palm leaf from (L-C) 19th or 20th Dynasty (1320-1085 BC) & (R) 1st or 2nd century AD from Bally Shoe Museum.
... and these below in particular....
Gracefully designed sandals from Mauritania in Africa: (L) for man, (C) for woman; (R) for child from Bally Shoe Museum.
Now off to bed, and hopefully dreaming of shoes...