Stiletto Heels in Great Demand

dreamstime_m_44608766-There is no denying that high heels and platform shoes are very popular . The history of high heels dates back many centuries and there are some fascinating facts about high heeled shoes and their origin.

Foot wear has changed through the times and the first stiletto heels date back to about 1000 BC. Throughout history they took on various roles and besides having functional value they were an indicator of social stature and importance.       

High heels are defined as a shoe that has a heel positioned higher than the toe box. In the past high heels have been a symbol and defined the differences between social classes and the sexes.  They have also served as a symbol of class as they made women’s movements appear more elegant by these elevated heels.

Stiletto heels are particularly associated with sexuality and the image of the “femme fatale”. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing and have been featured in popular culture in this context.

The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback in the early 2000’s when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.

All high heeled shoes give the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.  it takes practice to create the illusion of a natural and balanced movement.

Wearing Stiletto heels concentrates great pressure and a large amount of force into a small area. This pressure is greater than that of the feet of an elephant and can even cause damage to soft flooring, including carpets and vinyl coverings. The stiletto heel is also most impractical for outdoor wear on soft ground, such as grass, sand or mud.