The Toronto shoemaker Master John made these men’s platform boots complete with 5.5 inch high heels, appliqued stars, and a veritable landscape in leather. In the 1970s, some men followed the lead of rock stars in adopting lavish personal adornment and elevating shoes cultivating a persona at once dandyish and hypermasculine.


  • Title: Canadian Platform Boots
  • Date Created: 1973
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 26 cm Width: 9 cm Height: 56.8 cm. (weight: 1225.7g each)
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, metal, plastic, textile, rubber
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015

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