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            What They Were and What They Are Going to Be.
             Women have been dressing up for centuries and will be for centuries to come wearing dress shoes of all styles. I find the 20th century to have some of the most interesting styles. Every year has been a year of changing the height and width of soles and heels. The styles have been made and changed and brought back to fit the newest fads. I'm going to take you back in time starting with the 1900's and taking you through the 20th century of shoes. Showing you what styles were and are.
             The 1900's started the century off with definite height. Some of the shoes had five inch heels that were attached to a mid-shin length. Shoe fashion was greatly influenced by Queen Victoria. The style "didn't fade away with her death in 1901."(1) The women would wear boots in the day most of the time. The shoes that they would wear in the "evening were more diverse."(1) The shoes were "embellished with embroidery or metallic tread and glass or jet beading on the toes." They were mostly made from fine satins and soft kid and beaded with rows to enhance the shins. The fashion was to have small narrow feet and most women would wear their shoes one size smaller. Some would even go as far as to have their small toes cut off to make their feet narrower. (1) .
             The 1910's had some dramatic changes in fashion of shoes. The early 1910's shoes "became more exotic and colorful"(1) that were influenced by the eastern style jewels slippers. When the Great War broke out fashion was put on a limit. The lace up boots from the early 1900's came back and fashion was not a necessity for people during this time. Since the leather was reserved for the army, designers became very creative and mixed a little leather "with colored canvas or gabardine (a sturdy, tightly woven fabric of cotton) to form two-toned "spectators." (1) To cut down on the number of shoes women had. Removable buckles were made of steel, silver filigree, diamante or marcasite.

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