If you visit Moscow's archeology museum, you will be able to make a journey into the Trace In History exhibition displaying Moscow shoemakers' craft. Adopting the widespread wisdom that new things are well-forgotten old ones, our fashion-followers will be able to borrow lots of original ideas. Back in the 12th-13th centuries, Moscow residents were fond of putting on leather shoes, embroidered and patterned. As time slipped, the bast sandals gave way in the 13th-14th centuries to more comfortable and practicable boots which gained recognition instantly on coming from the East. In wide use were habitual leather as well as silk, velvet, morocco and gold-thread embroidery. Peter the Great's reforms brought about footgear European style. Many ladies still prefer the so-called French heel, the main attraction of women's footwear of that period. Males flaunted in boots with metal clasps shining with glass sprinkles. The machine revolution of the 19th century largely diversified the footwear assortment, embellishing fine ladies' wardrobes with satin shoes, gold velvet boots and laced boots for long strolls. Early in the 20th century, the dull tips of the shows were replaced by pointed toes which are again topical this winter.
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