High heels are considered to be the most feminine and elegant style of women’s shoes. They can be ergonomic nightmares and take a great deal of getting used to, but their popularity is undiminished. High heels are associated with every stylish city, from New York to Paris and Milan, and it is true that the women of these cities have a remarkable talent for dashing around in the most impossibly high stilettos.
The reason why high heels are deemed to be so feminine and elegant is the fact that they are seen as incredibly sexy, forcing you to walk upright with your chest out, and giving the impression that your legs are much thinner and longer than they actually are. It is impossible to walk in a slouching manner when wearing high heels, since you will lose your balance. It can take a while to become accustomed to wearing high heels, but they do become more comfortable the more you wear them.
High heels come in an incredible number of heights and styles, from the stiletto –incredibly tall, thin heels – to the lower but more manageable kitten heel, which is only a couple of centimetres high. Stilettos enjoyed the height of their popularity in the 1980s, when they contributed to the cult of power dressing. Nowadays, they are worn much more rarely, but still look very impressive indeed when worn with the right dress.
High heel shoes need not necessarily be of the stiletto variety. There are a number of styles of shoe and boot that have chunky heels and thick soles, and are considerably less elegant (and also less precarious) than stilettos. These sorts of boots and shoes tend to be popular with teenagers, and are most commonly found in weekend clothing markets or trendy shopping areas.
When choosing your high heels, you should bear in mind that very thin heels can break or snap, especially if you are buying a low-cost, low-quality pair of shoes. Heels that are not right at the back of the sole (that is, where the heel is not directly below the back of the foot, but rather indented an inch or so from the back) are more likely to wear down quickly than regular heels. This sort of indented heel occurs most frequently in kitten heel shoes, and the rolling motion as your weight shifts over it can cause the heel to wear down surprisingly soon. As long as you take the shoes to be reheeled before the actual stem of the heel begins to wear down, this should be no real problem.