An ad from 1924 displays heels with an elongated toe and intricate detailing.
Nancy Carroll poses in a pair of satin high heels with bow detailing on the straps and an elongated toe in 1928.
Jean Harlow poses in the 1930s, wearing black pumps with a curved heel and closed toe.
Ginger Rogers poses in the 1940s in red high heels with a thin strap at the ankle.
A 1947 ad from Lotus shoes displays slingback sandals with a strap at the ankle.
Veronica Lake poses in slingback pumps on a chunky heel in 1948.
Marilyn Monroe wears dramatic high heels with detailing at the ankle straps in a poster from “How to Marry a Millionaire” in 1953.
A 1956 ad for Goodyear shoes shows a slinky heel on a pointy toed pump.
Joan Collins wears white pumps with a thin heel in 1957.
Audrey Hepburn poses in a little black dress and kitten heels, in her “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” costume, in 1961.
A 1963 ad for the “American campus girl pump” features a black patent leather kitten heel.
Bette Midler wears a velvet skirt and floral top with statement platform sandals in 1972.
At the 1973 British Footwear Show, a platform shoe with detailing at the toe was shown.
Margaret Thatcher wears low black heels with sparkly detailing in 1984.
Princess Diana wears all red, with low pumps, outside London’s Japanese embassy in 1986. She was a major fashion inspiration for women through the 1980s and 1990s.
Princess Diana in 1997 wearing powder blue slingback kitten heels with a matching dress and clutch.
The “Princess Shoe,” modeled after a style worn by Princess Diana.
Jennifer Aniston (L) wears boots with an exaggerated pointy toe and Christina Applegate sports knee-high black boots with an ultrahigh heel.
Christina Aguilera wears lace-up sandals in 2002.
Beyoncé wears silver pumps with a rounded toe and studded detailing at a 2008 red carpet appearance
Stilettos and ankle booties are two major 2010s trends, modelled here by Rihanna at a 2012 appearance.
Hailey Baldwin steps out in 2017 in a current trend: thigh-high boots, with a high heel.