You Don't Know High Heels

Published: 03rd August 2010
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Do you really know high heels? Of course I know, I know Christian Louboutin, I know Prada. Well, here is a layman post.
High-heeled footwear, or abbreviated as high heels or simply heels is a kind of footwear that raises the heel of the wearer's foot significantly higher that the toes. In the 15th century, high heels were invented by the court tailor in France. From then on, although the shape of the heels changes frequently, people's craze about them began and has never decreased. In fact, the reason for the invention of high heels was originally for people buckling the stirrups easily and steady. Not until the late 16th century did high heels become the fashionable items for the nobilities. It was said that in order to appear taller, stronger and more authoritative, Louis XIV ordered his shoemaker to make a 4-inch high heels and painted the heels red to show his dignity.
In the 17th century, high heels become important items for ornamentation. The high heels at that time were 3 inches high. If you have the chance to walk on the European streets of 17th century, you would surprisingly find that all the people were wearing the same high heels, because at that time, that was the only style they could make. People at that time would never know Christian Louboutin. From the late 17th century, people tried to make thinner heels, in order to make it stable, they broadened the top of the heels. In 18th century, the height of the heels was down gradually, instead, the high heels ornamented with ribbons and rosettes were very popular.
In the 19th century, the Mary Jane style was established, which kept been popular for 50 years. At that time the shoe making techniques were high enough to make different styles.
In the 20th century, high heels developed rapidly. In the 1920s, the females' attitude toward apparel became newer and open-minded, and the moral rules at that time were lessened. The designers tried to combine the sandals with the high heels and they become the elegant high heels sandals for banquets. With the popularity of peep toe high heels, sling backs also become popular. During that time, many fashion magazines satirize the sling backs and though it was rude wear them in public. However, based on the women's desire for liberation, this point was soon deserted. Till the 1950s, due to the steel nail technique, the designers were able to design the stiletto heel, which was loved and hated by females until now. At that time when Marilyn Monroe became famous overnight for the golden stiletto high heels designed by Salvatore Farragamo, she said, "Though I don't know who invented high heels, every woman should be grateful to him. The high heels helped me greatly for my career."
There is a story about the high heels.
A Venetian merchant's wife was heavenly beautiful, but he was afraid that his wife would mess around when he was out for business. So the merchant ask the shoe maker to make a pair of high heels for his wife. Venice is a watertown and the main transportation is ship, so the merchant thought that his wife couldn't walk on the gangway in the high heels and his wife had no other choice but stay at home. However, his wife felt very curious when she wore the high heels and accompanied by a mermaid, she went everywhere. The high heels made her more beautiful and graceful. Then many fashionable ladies followed her and wore high heels, and the popularity of high heels began.


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