By: Elizabeth Semmelhack
Printed by Moveable Inc.
From inside front cover: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels is the third book in a series that takes an in-depth look at the history of elevating shoes in Western dress. For many people the high heel is an icon of femininity, but it hasn't always been this way. Men willingly wore heels for the first 130 years of the fashion and even today many men, such as cowboys, continue to wear heels as part of their expression of masculinity. This book traces the long history of men in heels, from the heel's invention in Western Asia as a form of equestrian footwear and its adoption by European men in the early seventeenth century to its feminization over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, leading to our current cultural sensitivity about men in heels.
From inside back cover: This book has been published on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Bata Shoe Museum at its permanent site in Toronto, Canada. In 1995, the museum opened the doors of its award-winning building designed by acclaimed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama.
Today, the museum boasts a world-class collection of more than 13,000 artifacts spanning 4,500 years of history and actively supports a mandate to research, exhibit and publish on the cultural, historical and sociological value of footwear.