Shoes, Heels, and Women

Territories in Question: Routes in Territories
By Catherine Tourre-Malen


High-heeled shoes are ever more present in shop windows and on the streets even though the everyday life of women requires ever more activity in a society that tends towards interchangeable roles for men and women. This case study of women’s shoes pays special attention to ethnotechnological aspects: How can we understand the durability and rationale of a technique that is as uncomfortable and paradoxical as walking with high heels?


  • women
  • fashion
  • high-heeled shoes
  • ethnotechnology
  • paradoxical technique
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