Adventures in the Tree of Boots

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As I explained in my first post, I’m not a fashion historian. In fact, I work on evolution. A critical part of understanding evolution is figuring out how different things are related to each other. So I began to wonder whether you could approach the history of the fashion boot the same way.

It’s not a particularly novel idea – people had done similar things for other inanimate objects, such as musical instruments and machine parts. Of course, there’s no genetics involved. But designs do have an evolutionary progression, with ancestral forms being modified according to the selective forces of fashion. Or something like that.

Anyhoo, the tree above is my attempt to break down the evolution of the boot in the Twentieth Century. Over the next few posts I’ll start breaking it down and explaining/justifying myself. Not that I need to…

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