High Heels – Height of Fashion
Speaking of high heels; one cannot help but think of the very first shoes ever invented by man; they were a convenient protection for the feet when primitive man had to walk miles and miles over rough ground looking for food and shelter.
As time went by people of different regions invented different types of shoes of which the most significant kind of shoes were the “Calceus” invented by the Romans. Since those long gone times when shoes were first invented, they have been subject to whims of fashion. For example at the time of King James I of England, high heels were fashionable in society. High heels actually appeared around 1500 in response to the problem of the rider’s foot slipping forward while riding; later simple riding heels gave way to more stylized heels. Heels as a fashion among men began in France, becoming thinner and higher. By late 1600’s men’s heels were usually between 3 to 4 inches.
In 1553, Catherine de Medici, the wife of the Duke of Orleans, employed a cobbler to make her a pair of heels, for visual appeal and to increase her height. High heeled shoes caught on like wild fire with the fashion conscious population of the French court and spread into scoops of nobility in other countries. ‘Well – heeled’ became synonymous with opulence.
In the late 1700’s, the practice of wearing high heels fell in France due to its association with aristocracy and wealth, however, to be back in fashion in the late 1800’s, for women exclusively.
In course of time, high heeled foot wear came to be worn exclusively by women, today high heel shoes are worn by both genders like cowboy boots and Cuban heels.
Throughout the last 5 decades or more high heels have been in and out of fashion several times. In the late 90’s not so high heels or flat heels predominated; lower heels were preferred during the late 60’s and early 70’s – however, higher heels made a comeback in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The shape of fashionable heels has also changed from block in the 70’s to tapered in the 90’s and stiletto in the 50’s, 80’s and post 2000.
Today, high heeled foot wear are commonly worn by women and heights vary from 1½ inch kitten heel to stiletto heels or spike heels of 4 inch or more. Extremely high heeled shoes of 5 inch or more are typically worn for pleasing rather than practical reasons.
Of late, high heels have been a significant controversy in medical fields with many podiatrists finding that patients with foot problems have high heeled foot wear as the exclusive cause for their ailments.
There are a number of reasons why one should avoid wearing high heels as:
- They cause foot pain
- Can create deformities of the foot including hammer toes and bunions
- Can cause unsteady gait and shorten the wearer’s stride
Wear high heels to:
- Appear taller, of course
- Make the legs look longer
- Make the foot look smaller
- Make the arch of the foot look higher and better defined
- Make the wearer look confident
Recent studies suggested that wearing high heels may improve the tone of a woman’s pelvic floor. To observers women seem sexier in high heels.
After all is said and done, high heels are still the most beautiful form of footwear ever. One cannot imagine wearing an evening gown with a pair of flat shoes; but for all occasions, and to accompany all sorts of dresses, even the Indian sari, high heels still remain smart, sophisticated and elegant. They are the height of fashion ultimately a sign of true class.
What do you know, high heels can be used as a weapon in self defense even.
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