First seen in the 12th century, and reappearing in the 15th century, the fashion of pointy toed shoes was one that was strongest among men and upper classes.
The shoes were called crakows as they were believed to have come from Kraków, Poland. The Emperor Maximilian even had riding shoes with long toes that detached for walking.
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