Who knew high heels were available way back when. Laura Geggel on an archeological find in in a castle in Ireland:
The pit at Rathfarnham Castle contained artifacts dating from 1650 to 1700, including pointy high-heeled women’s shoes, porcelain plates and teacups imported from China… The archeologists also found shoes — pointy high-heeled ones for women and square-tipped shoes for men decorated with buckles and ribbons.
But no right shoe or left shoe. Both shoes were the same shape, men or women.