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Head Over Heels: A High Heel Review

photo credit: shopstyle.com

photo credit: shopstyle.com

Like diamonds, high heels are a girl’s best friend. While this fact may seem amusing, it was proven true a very long time ago. During the 16th century, European royalty started wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By 1580, men also wore them, and all this time I was under the assumption that Prince (the singer) did that first. Go figure! One cool tidbit about back then is that a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as “well-heeled”.

Why do we love high heels so much? It’s not only the bright, bold colors, accented with glitter and rhinestones, nor is it the soft satin, shiny leather, or plush suede. It is simply the way they improve our overall appearance. Here’s how:

  • They change our posture, requiring a more uptight carriage and altering the gait in what is considered a seductive fashion

  • They change the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of calves.

  • They make us appear taller.

  • They make the legs appear longer

  • They make the foot appear smaller

  • They make the arches of the feet higher and better defined

Cool huh? Gals love investing in a good pair of heels, as they are the trendiest accessory to complete each outfit. (Plus guys and gals, alike, love to watch!) For example, a party dress without those matching party heels is irrelevant. The perfect heels add that extra ooooh to any dress, business suit, or pair of jeans. There are a select few that will give you the most use and still make you feel sexy each time that you wear them. So, for all of you avid high heel fans here is a short list of each heel that every woman must own:

Pumps

Whether it is a peep toe or platform, these heels can go with you to work, to play and anytime in between. They are the “Little Black Dress” kind of footwear. Lightweight, strapless shoes with closed backs they are the handiest for anytime of the day. They can have heels as high as 4 inches or more in comparison to stilettos

Evening sandals

These are great to have for formal affairs like weddings or fancy dinners. They also work great to dress up with jeans or a casual dress. They mostly have moderate or medium heels.

Stilettos

Stilettos are typically the highest of all the heels, sometimes up to eight inches, and they can be difficult to walk in because the heels are thin and provide very little surface for stability. If you’re new to wearing heels, you may want to practice before attempting to walk a far distance in these. Good quality stilettos have leather uppers with padded insoles to cushion the balls of the feet. Stilettos are mostly worn with after 5pm wear.

High heeled boot

Boots are comfortable and stylish. They work great for a night on the town, or a casual meeting with family and friends. Some variations include the ankle6 boot, the knee high boot, thigh high boot or cowboy boot.

The mere mention of all of these different styles of heels is tempting me to purchase a new pair. You want to join me don’t cha? Come on ladies! Let’s get happy and get heeled! Men, take note and get a pair for your special lady!

Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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