Rudolf Schlichter (1890-1955), a German dada and 'new objectivity' artist, was a masochist and boot fetishist. During his studies in Karlsruhe he lived by selling pornographic graphics. In 1927 he met Elfriede Elisabeth Koehler (1902-1975), a young courtesan from Geneva called Speedy. She shared his interests and two years later they got married.
Schlichter's key fetishistic fantasy, pompadour-heeled knee-high buttoned boots, became an important part of Speedy's wardrobe. Their wedding photograph shows Speedy wearing Her new made-to-measure high buttoned boots.