A Walk in Her Shoes

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Introduction

People's footwear has helped define them for hundreds of years. Your choice to wear a certain pair of tennis shoes or boots each day is influenced by personal choice, cultural background, and economic means. Shoes are a vehicle of self-expression and have changed throughout history for people of all ages and cultures. Throughout history, women's shoes have changed drastically from the moccasins of Native American Indian women to the high heels of today. Because of this, shoes can be a way to understand women's lives from the past. What stories do these shoes share about women from history; what woman might have worn them? What do we know about these women based only on their shoes? Come, explore these women's lives by taking a walk in these shoes from the past.