The year 1900 was not as exciting as 19th century millennialists might have hoped. The end of the world did not come. Shoe fashion didn't change a whole lot, either. The prim black boots of Queen Victoria's era did not fade away with her death in 1901; they continued with unabashed popularity for several more years. Skirts were, after all, still brushing the tops of women's feet. However, hemlines began to rise a few years into the new century, and the rest, as they say, is history ...

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