May 21, 2012
Part 5: Manolo Blahnik gets into the shoe business and the sneaker challenges the corporate power pump. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

Part 5: Manolo Blahnik gets into the shoe business and the sneaker challenges the corporate power pump. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

May 17, 2012
Part 4: Smart girls wear flats. ” (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)
May 17, 2012
Part 3: The stiletto’s defining characteristic is not so much the height, but the girth, of its heel. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

Part 3: The stiletto’s defining characteristic is not so much the height, but the girth, of its heel. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

May 15, 2012
Part 2: “The 1940s femme fatale was the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. Her shoes, peeking out, were her freshly polished fangs.” (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

Part 2: “The 1940s femme fatale was the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. Her shoes, peeking out, were her freshly polished fangs.” (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

May 14, 2012
Part 1: Salvatore Ferragamo adds arch support to shoes and invents the wedge. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)

Part 1: Salvatore Ferragamo adds arch support to shoes and invents the wedge. (Illustration by Michael Willis | Op-Ed by Rachelle Bergstein on Bloomberg View)