Famously shoe-obsessed and unlucky in love, Sex and The City character Carrie Bradshaw mused that she would end up a most literal old woman who lived in her shoes, based on the whooping 40K she had spent on frilly footwear. While women of the 1920s likely didn't have that kind of dough, the fascination with well-heeled hooves can be traced to that period.
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Why shoes? Well, for the first time in history, ladies' hemlines rose above their previously scandalous ankles, revealing whatever fashion statement adorned their feet. Bata Shoe Museum curator Elizabeth Semmelhack will discuss the flapper's newfound need for fancy footgear during her talk "Heels, Hemlines, and High Spirits: Shoe Fashion."
Wed., Jan. 9, 7 p.m., 2013