Louis XIV, King of France by Hyacinthe Rigaud

Doctors Have Always Been Against High-Heeled Shoes

Every generation of medical professionals has issued the same warnings about high heels. For hundreds of years.
A pair of pink high heels

The Inherent Drama of High Heels

How can a shoe communicate many different messages at once?
A Pedoscope made by the Pedoscope Company

When Shoes Were Fit with X-Rays

Fluoroscopes were used in shoe stores from the mid-1920s to 1950s in North America and Europe -- even though the radiation risks of x-rays were well-known.
A rack of shoes from different eras

Our Long Relationship with Leather

A recently-discovered skeleton wearing leather boots inspires a walk through our history of wearing animal hides.
NYC Marathon runner

The Quest for A Faster Marathon

How big a difference does air resistance make when running a marathon? Nike tried to find out recently. A look at the science behind the 2-hour marathon.
Dr. Martens collaborated with the Soane Museum to depict William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’. Courtesy of Dr. Martens

The Sartorial Canvas: How the Iconic Dr. “Doc” Martens Reflect a Culture

The iconic Dr. "Doc" Martens boots seem to have shifted their own image, expanding its reach and popularity.