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Find Out What "It Shoes" Looked Like the Year You Were Born

Here's how they evolved through the years.
Find Out What "It Shoes" Looked Like the Year You Were Born
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Here's how they evolved through the years.

Marilyn Monroe once said, "I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot." No truer words have ever been spoken, and to pay tribute to their undeniable, irreplaceable power, here's what heels looked like the year you were born. Time for a fashion history lesson!

1970: Horsebit-detailed loafers make for a great transition from the swinging '60s.

1971: A precursor to today's well-loved lace-ups, perhaps?

1972: Jacqueline Bisset's sandals were a prediction that platforms would be all the rage that decade.

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1973: Jane Birkin lounges in a pair of cherry-red slingback platform's we'd 100% wear today.

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1974: Hitting the dance floor? Try Jean Shrimpton's metallic block heels on for size!

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1975: Aussie beauty Olivia Newton John loooved her wood-soled slides.

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1976: Those clunky clogs look really, really hard to walk in, but they sure do make a statement.

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1977: That spangly disco fever tho.

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1978: This was the year Salvatore Ferragamo dropped the now-classic patent bow pump!

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1979: Gotta love all-PVC everything!

1980: White huarache pumps and big, bright florals? Yep, we've hit the '80s.

1981: Enter the era of neon. Liza Minnelli was in on the look with her electric blue satin pumps!

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1982: Behold, the final remnant of the '70s.

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1983: Absolutely everything had to be larger-than-life that decade, even the simple black pump. Check out that rhinestone buckle!

1984: Grace Jones knew her classics, though. We'd steal those sleek kitten heels right this second! 

1985: Yep, white pumps and pantyhose were totally a thing back then. 

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1986: Hi from Princess Diana, who had to match her pumps to her hosiery to her dress to her lipstick.

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1987: This just SCREAMS '80s! Check out those saddle tights tucked into low-heeled, rhinestone-accented pumps.

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1988: People were seriously, seriously into extreme color coordination back then. This polka-dot number is pretty cute, though!

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1989: Ah, Dyeables: the synced-to-your-outfit satin pumps that'll haunt every '80s prom and wedding photo for eons to come.

1990: Laura Dern's all-black ensemble was the perfect transition lookmatchy but minimalist. The link between two decades!

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1991: This is coordination to the extreme. We're amazed and appalled.

1992: Monochrome dressing started getting a lot sleeker in the '90s!

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1993: The year Naomi Campbell became a household name after slipping on the runway in Vivienne Westwood's impossible Gillie heels.

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1994: Screaming at those pastel-and-metallic heeled loafers! This campaign is iconic.

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1995: Alicia Silverstone's Cher in teen cult favorite Clueless further cemented the decade's love for the babydoll schoolgirl look. That knee socks-and-Mary-Janes combo!

1996: We love this sexy yet minimalist Mariah Carey look. Would cop 20 years down the line!

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1997: Brit babes The Spice Girls made exxxtreme platform sneakers the best thing we could never walk in.

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1998: Remember those fuzzy Dolce & Gabbana sandals from Sex and the City? We still want them.

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1999: Kate Moss (face obscured, lol) and Calvin Klein's Spring campaign sleekness: two of the best things the '90s had to offer.

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2000: Noughties fashion trends still stress us out, but Britney Spears' square-toed purple slides were some of the better parts. Cute.

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2001: Paris Hilton was the original definition of head-to-toe Barbie pink. Pale dogwood is shaking in its boots.

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2002: Called winkle pickers in the '60s, extreme pointy-toed pumps like Cameron Diaz's were worn with everything in the early zeros.

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2003: One of our favorite parts of the decade was Carrie Bradshaw's undying and very vocal devotion to anything Manolo Blahnik.

2004: Bootcut jeans over pointy-toed pumps? You can bet that Mischa Barton nailed every It girl's off-duty look like a pro.

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2005: Rhinestone details were back, as demonstrated by queen Beyonce.

2006: Peeptoe pumps were having a moment, and Nicole Richie was living it to the fullest.

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2007: The year YSL released its Tribute sandal, it was seen on pretty much every celebrity in the world—Ashley Olsen included.

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2008: Suddenly everyone wanted a pair of blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps to wear to their wedding.

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2009: Remember when round-toe platform pumps were a thing? No better person to take style advice from than Blair Waldorf herself.

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2010: We feel you, Lady Gaga. How did people even attempt to stand in Alexander McQueen's Armadillo shoes?!

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2011: Kate Middleton refines the round-toe platform stiletto trend with her favorite L.K. Bennett nude pumps.

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2012: Isabel Marant's wedge sneakes were the street style favorite.

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2013: Valentino Rockstuds were absolutely, positively everywhere!

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2014: A fresh wave of blanc et noir minimalism washed over the fashion scene, and Stuart Weitzman's Nudist sandals were the It shoe to pair with literally everything.

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2015: '70s disco shimmied its way back into our hearts via the platform sandal trend.

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2016: Kim Kardashian paraded around in these perspex Yeezy heels wherever she went, and clear soles and straps became that summer's ultimate thing.

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2017: Will we ever get over Saint Laurent's glitz-tastic slouch boot from the Fall 2017 runway? Answer: no. Not ever.

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