"Only a shoe! How small a matter, and yet how important!
The Human Foot by William Beneke, 1888
Fashion chronicler extraordinaire, Bill Cunningham, highlighted the appearance of some dazzling shoes on the streets of Manhattan in a September 2012 "On the Street" column and accompanying slide show for the New York Times. The idea of the "shoe on the street"--the display of fashion on the foot in Manhattan--is something that traces its origins back to the earliest days of the city itself.