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THE HISTORY OF THE HIGH HEELED SHOE1 2 3 4 5 6 | Germ
In the Sixties, the transfer of fashion from Paris to London began, and street style dictated what was worn. With rising prices of leather, synthetic materials came into the picture. Vivier, Herbert Levine and Miller were pioneers in the use of the transparent plastic.
At the beginning of the Seventies platforms briefly returned, especially extravagant platform boots. Many were thigh high and had psychedelic designs. It was the androgynous style of "Glam Rock". It was the designer Terry de Havilland who popularised them, and found followers not only amongst women, but also amongst gays and lesbians.

In the Eighties, executive women adopted the stiletto heel as a complement to the shoulder pads of their suits, to project an image of authority and efficiency. High heels symbolised extravagance and glamour; a way for women to express femininity.

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