Why Women Prefer High Heels
- Heels make us taller (anywhere from 5′ 6″ to 5′ 9″).
- Heels make our legs look longer and a bit slimmer.
- Heels can add a more sophisticated look to any outfit; so we prefer to wear them in evenings.
- At work, heels portray confidence and poise. They make us feel empowered when we wear them.
- Heels force our back to arch, pushing the breasts forward and buttocks back. Thus accentuates our figure.
- When you walk with high heels, it makes your buttocks move more. This is something sexy.
- It appears to be a symbol of social class and wealth. Most women desire that upward mobility.
High-heels force the body to walk differently and use muscles differently. High heels lead the wearer to tilt their centre of gravity, which emphasizes a woman’s assets and highlights her sexuality. Heels also emphasize feet, which are often sexualized and part of erotic displays. Even though heels are worn largely as social-status indicators, verbalized reasons for wearing high heels include accentuated calves, being taller, longer legs, and a more seductive gait.
The high-heeled shoe embodies leisure, sophistication and sexuality. Throughout history shoe fashions have defined its wearers by gender, race, and social class. Murals have depicted upper class men and women wearing heels around 3500 B.C. in Egypt, while lower class citizens went barefoot. There were also several useful reasons for heels: Egyptian butchers would wear heels to avoid the blood of dead animals, while actors in ancient Greece and Rome would wear sandals with heels of different lengths to illustrate social class and importance of characters they portrayed. During the Middle Ages, both men and women would wear wooden soles that are considered to be the predecessor of today’s heels, and were attached to expensive shoes to keep them clean. For women specifically, the Chopine became a popular style to indicate wealth. The Chopine was a tall platform-type shoe that usually was so high that it required 2 servants. The term “high-heeled” meant that someone had lavish wealth. High-heeled shoes actually dropped in popularity through the 17th and 18th century for both men and women because high heels became associated with wealth and aristocracy. During the 1800s the high heel resurfaced, but this time the heel was a fashion statement just for women. Today it still appears to be a symbol of social class and wealth.
What is a Stiletto Shoe?
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. It is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s. Stiletto heels may vary in length from 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) to 25 cm (10 inches) or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch).
What is a Pump?
Pump is a widely-accepted generic word for any high-heeled shoe. Pumps are lower heeled than stiletto shoes. They come in various heel sizes but none of them are very high or very narrow. In their most basic form, pumps have closed backs, and low-cut fronts that hit closer to the toes than they do the top of the foot. Mostly the heel tips are wider and so are the heels. Most pumps have round cut toes or peep-toes. Pumps have a formal appearance when worn in combination with a tuxedo or suit. They can be casual when accessorized with skirts or jeans. Nevertheless, the comfort factor rides high in case of pumps when compared to stilettos.
History of Pumps and Stilettos
Pumps have been in use for hundreds of years. They were initially used as flat slippers for dancing. It was in 1838 that a 2 inch heeled pump shoe was tailored by Alfred Gabriel called the D’Orsey Pump. Most pumps have rounded toe with different heel heights. Stilettos were popular in the 1950s and the person behind this popularization was Roger Vivier. They remained popular through 1960s and 1980s an now post 2000 women have once again discovered the magic of using stilettos to dress up.