High Heels of the 60s

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High Heels of the 60s
Platform high heels were popular in the 1960s and are making a comeback today. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The 1960s was an era that shaped fashion and influenced the styles of further generations. Even today people still wear some of the fashions that were first made popular during the hippie movement. Flared-bottom jeans, mini skirts and certain swimming costume styles are often expanded on to make their colours and patterns more current but the same basic shapes and designs remain. The same can be said for some of the high heel shoe style made popular during that time.

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Kitten Heels

Fashion in the 1950s and early 1960s made the stiletto heel a must-have, but that trend changed as the 1960s progressed. Stilettos became known as a sign of oppression and subservience during the feminist movement and women were more reluctant to wear them. Kitten heels were similar in design to stiletto heels with the main difference being that kitten heels were much shorter and ranged in height from 1 to 2 1/2 inches. Actresses such as Audrey Hepburn helped to make kitten heels popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. First Lady Michelle Obama often wears kitten heels and has helped revive their popularity.

Go-go Boots

Discotheques were popular in the late 1960s, and dancers at these clubs often wore funky and colourful go-go boots. The design of the boots evolved over time. Initially, ankle to middle to mid-calf boots were popular, but by the end of the 1960s, it was more common to find the boots that went as high as the thigh. The boots were made from a variety of materials, including PVC and various types of leather.

Platform Heels

Now often worn by exotic dancers and trendy teens, platform shoes were known as a hip and rebellious alternative to stilettos in the 1960s. Platform shoes were designed with thick block-shaped heels made of a variety of materials including cork, plastic or wood. Platform shoes ranged in height from 1 to 6 inches. Platforms were common among hippie youth as well as fashion models such as Twiggy who made a statement with her waif image and loud clothing choices.

The Wedge

The wedge heel first became popular in the 1930s and 1940s but it made a big comeback in the 1960s among fans of platform shoes. Wedge shoes featured a thick triangular heel and created the illusion of longer legs and thinner ankles and better support the arch of the foot. They often featured a thin top strap and were decorated in colourful materials, often featuring glitter and sequin enhancements. Women often wear wedges to make their legs appear longer.

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