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The Evolution Of High Heels Is Pretty Cyclical

The concept goes way back.

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The origin of high heels goes back centuries, with styles of today serving as little pieces of history — fresh takes inspired by past innovations and trends. Follow the evolution of high-heel shoes, ahead.

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1600s

Heeled shoes date back much further, but the closest silhouettes to what’s worn today seem to have appeared in 17th-century Europe. There, heels of several inches were common and often decorated with large embroidered rosettes.Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images