I was doing some archive stuff today. I found a pair of shoes that I was completely astounded by. Words don’t do them justice, but in case you aren’t believing your eyes (or are vision impaired), they are fairly simple pumps with short pointy toes of the nineteen fifties variety. What’s special about them is that they don’t have heels! There is a steel shank that curves away from the sole where the sole meets the ground, providing a little platform to extend the center of support back about two thirds of the way to where a heel would touch the ground. They look like regular heels without the heel. They are very very worn. I expect that their previous owner (a 1950s NYC pro-domme) just could not give up wearing them. These shoes certainly deserve a little restoration. If you know someone who does shoe repair of an archival/restoration sort, please let me know.