Fashion Institute of New York has an exhibit: Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes. Beautifully crafted shoes appear in the news constantly, but of late the heels are so thin and long, 3 to 4 inches. How do women walk in them? I did a search on expensive women's shoes and found websites that are a few years old. Developing websites on expensive shoes in this economy (2009-2010) is not happening, but there are references to earlier sites, take a look at some of these extraordinary shoes (2008)....and note their price tag!
Many of the Delman shoes are viable for wearing today, but what would they cost? Walking around we see most people wearing shoes that are not made of leather, appear to be more durable and sporty as many other clothing items.