footwear matter as much as apparels do. It highly contributes in the overall
look of an individual. Just like apparel, footwear has evolved through the
decades. There are many kinds of footwear for men varying from flip-flops to
boots, shoes, etc whereas women enjoy a bigger variety varying from sandals to
pumps, stilettos, boots, flip-flops, etc. They are available in different
styles, colours and prints for different seasons. Out of these types,
Stilettos, commonly known as high heels, are one of the most elegant and
glamorous kind for women. They have become an integral part of every womans
wardrobe. The origin of high heels is found amongst the ancient Egyptians.
heels were found in various eras. Murals on the walls of Egyptians
civilizations show images of the upper class wearing heels. This was traced
back in the 3500 BC. It was believed that the Egyptian butchers wore heels to
avoid staining their feet with the blood of animals. However, the proper
invention of heels was claimed by the 16th century. In 1533, heels
were already used by men. The Italian wife of Henry II, Catherine de' Medici,
commanded a cobbler to make a pair of heels for her wedding. She wanted them
for fashion and to increase her height as she was very short compared to the
Kings mistress. She wore a pair of 2 inch heels for her wedding and this
marked the origin of high heels. This started the fashion of high heels amongst
the upper class. It became a medium of discrimination between the classes. As
Catherine de' Medici was Italian, the fashion industry of high heels emerged
in the late 18th century and early 19th century, during
the French Revolution, Napoleon banned the use of heels as he saw everyone as
equal. Heels distinguished classes and Napoleon disliked this fact and banned
High Heels. Somewhere during the same time in America, heels were seen as a
medium for the women to woo men and trap them. Anyone who was seen wearing
heels was persecuted and claimed to be a witch. Resemblance was seen between
the Heel and the devils fork.
high heels were revived during the late 19th century. As sewing
machines were invented, lot of varieties in pattern and designs were seen in
heels. It was worn only by women unlike the 16th century when both
men and women wore heels.
As the hemlines went up,
the heels started becoming more and more important. Today, high heels are a
fashion statement among all classes. It is an interesting fact that high heels
were named after Stiletto, an Italian word for a small dagger with a slender
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main and obvious advantage of wearing stilettos is that it increases the
height. Tall people look very slender and attractive. A good pair of high heels
can easily add 5 to 6 inches height. Women like to look tall as it makes them
feel attractive. Stilettos give a very elegant and refined look to a woman. It
gives a very stylish look and affects the overall appearance. It also brings
attention along with style.
language is very important when it comes to face to face communication and the
main component of body language is body posture. High heels give a very good
posture. Women feel self-confident. Apart from this, High heels make the legs
look attractive by bringing out the shape of the calf muscles. It is highly
useful for people who like to wear short skirts as it brings out the beauty of
main advantage of owning a pair of Stilettos is that it compliments almost any
outfit, be it casual or formal. They make a tunic look striking and perfectly
compliment a salsa dress. Every evening dress looks incomplete without a pair
of high heels. It makes the slim fit jeans look slimmer. Hence it is crucial to
wear stilettos occasionally. However, regular wear of high heels may prove to
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saying, Anything in excess is harmful for the health is very true. Stilettos
have many advantages but a regular use can severely damage the legs. It can cause
foot pain and in the long run lead to hip pain. Many women find it extremely
difficult to walk in Stilettos as they are not in a habit of wearing them
frequently, and tend to twist their ankle and sprain it. Leg sprains in women
are mostly caused due to high heels. The entire pressure of the body falls on
the lower back while wearing high heels which may cause back pain.
spite of the disadvantages, women will never stop wearing high heels as it
gives them the oomph factor. Therefore it is necessary to take care of a few
things. Stilettos should not be worn on a regular basis. Wearing them and walking
long distances should be avoided. People who are new to using stilettos should
practice walking in them before using them to avoid injuries. Regular foot
massages also help avoiding injuries. In this way, women can maintain their
health, and at the same time get the elegant and graceful look they want.
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