A while back I got into a discussion with some guy (a comedian; KennedyCorey) from YouTube concerning high heels. He was saying it was pointless to wear them, because they’re impractical and that they were only invented for seduction. Obviously I disagreed and I knew for a fact, that high heels are about so much more then that. There’s proof of their existence in 3500 B.C. and they have been worn by women AND men in Ancient Egypt, during the Middle Ages, up until when they fell in decline during the French Revolution (due to its associations with wealth and aristocracy). It wasn’t until the late 19th century that they became fashionable again, and they’re still on the scene today.
So far my little introduction about the history of high heels and why I decided to write about them.
Women with high heels do not only appear taller, their calves aren’t just better defined, I truly believe high heels give a woman some kind of status. Most high heels have the tendency to give certain stability, authority and strength to ones appearance, they are the personification of female power and for that reason they do not need to be rejected by feminists or fussy men. History has shown an abundance of people wearing them with pride and without any prejudice. They can be seen as an icon for women today as they are aesthetic, make women appear taller and leaner, plus they have a very interesting background.
Don’t get me wrong; there was a certain time in history when these shoes were used to make women more dependent from men. Happily these times are long gone and if we would go back in time a little bit further, we would find men wearing pretty similar shoes: some for practical reasons, others for exactly the same reasons.
I bet if world leaders today were wearing higher heels, they would be trying to outshine each others heels instead of their buildings and guns.
So I wanted to make a tribute to the high heel, a symbol of femininity, loved by men and women all over the world and a historical item with a very elaborate background.
Chic examples from our style gallery:
Mel_oOo shows us it’s not all about height; it’s also about the attitude. These shoes and the fierce haircut give her instant power, she finishes her look of with some lively original pieces.
Chictopian sweetheart HollyAshley is rocking her gorgeous vintage blazer and classic pair of pumps in combination with leather shorts. The total result is a sophisticated trendy look, with a touch of femininity.
Our dearest FashionZen is wearing some heels that are really on trend this season: Miu Miu shoes that combine the clog trend with Miu Miu’s fashionable swallow print.
K_Isa_bella was running errands wearing these. If you want to wear high heels and you have to walk quite a bit, I suggest you follow her example and go for wedges or platforms. They are often a lot more comfortable, without losing the overall advantages of high heels.
Chaba went for an outfit completely inspired by fall and its color palette. These Jessica Simpson shoes are my all-time favorites, they not only have a gorgeous color, but their shape is so unusual and modern. Therefore this combination must be my favorite of the bunch, Chaba shows us a perfect example of vintage items mixed with trendy pieces and the heels are the icing on the cake.
For all people who are just now starting to wear high heels, I give you one advice: don’t overdo it, it’s better to wear them less then two third of the time you’ll be standing up.