American Platform Heels by Thom McAn

early 1970s

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto
Toronto, Canada

In the early 1970s, men’s fashion saw a return to traditional garments such as the three-piece suit, albeit with slightly exaggerated features such as wider lapels and tight, form-fitting flared pants. Men were encouraged to use accessories, such as high-heeled shoes, to express their individuality. The most popular form of footwear remained the traditional lace-up but like the three-piece suit, it was updated by the addition of high heels, platform soles and a wide variety of non-traditional colors and patterns.


  • Title: American Platform Heels by Thom McAn
  • Date Created: early 1970s
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 29 cm Width: 8.5 cm Height: 17.2 cm.
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, suede, synthetic materials
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015

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