This week four Australian women have broken the world record for the fastest relay race in stiletto heels. This made me wonder ,who came up with the idea of heels? It seems that these shoes has been around for ages and women all around the world are loving their heels.
I did some research ( great to live in era of Google and Wikipedia) and found that rumour has it that the heel was invented by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Throughout history the heel has been enjoyed, by men and women, for its coquettish charm, as well as its height-helping inches.
Since the harlots of ancient Greece wore platforms to make them easier to spot, heels have been shorthand for sexy. Catherine de Medici , Italian wife of the Duke of Orleans and future Queen of France, commissioned a pair of heeled shoes for her first wedding in 1533 ‘both for fashion, and to increase her stature’. But it wasn’t until the 1590s that heels really caught on in Europe.
It wasn’t just the girls. The vertically challenged Louis XIV of France wore red heels in the 1650s – though presumably when his courtiers caught up with the fashion he was back where he started! And in England, Charles II set the fashion for high heels after the Restoration, although men’s heels got lower again throughout the 18th century.’
Someone once said that good heel is like a flash car, or an incredible work of art incredible work of art. It is also believe that walking in heels is like riding a bike – once you know how, you’ll never forget. But just like a bike, the first time you ride without stabilisers can be very precarious.
Do you love stilettos or do you go for the more ‘functional shoe’ options?