Ladies Heeled Shoes
High-heeled footwear, more commonly known as high-heels, or just heels, is footwear that raises the heel significantly above the toe. This effect gives the illusion of longer, more slender legs. However, throughout history, ladies high heels have played varying roles and have given rise to at least one well known phrase.
Modern Ladies High Heeled Shoes
During the medieval period in Europe, people wore wooden soled patten shoes which are believed to be the ancestors of the modern high-heels, but these were not the first use of heeled footwear. That honor has been traced back to 9th century Persia where horse riders wore shoes, or boots, with heels to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrups. Later, during the early renaissance period, many of the nobles and royals would wear high-heels to make themselves seem taller and larger than life. Frequently, the higher the heel, the more wealth and prestige the wearer had, thus giving rise to the phrase "well heeled" referring to a well-to-do person.
In more modern times, heels have fallen in and out of fashion several times. With this fluctuation in fashion, the shape of the heel itself has also changed with the block style being popular in the 1970's, switching to a more tapered style in the 1990's, with stiletto shoes wavering in popularity from the 1950's up to the present day.
As mentioned, one of the more well known styles of shoes is the stiletto, which is a tall, slim heel with a height of 5cm or greater and a diameter of about .5cm where it hits the ground. Another popular one is the kitten heel shoes which is 5cm high or less, but with a diameter about the same as a stiletto shoe. Another common one is the wedge heeled shoes. These ones are a bit more than just heels as they occupy the entire space under the arch and the heel portions of the foot.
There are several other styles of heels as well as the shoes, themselves, many of which are available on the website. Please feel free to browse, and you may find the perfect pair of heeled shoes for that next big engagement.