2/16/2012

Contemporary scene - High Heels


Since the Second World War, high heels have fallen in and out of favor several times, particularly in late 1990, when lower heels and even flats predominated. Lower heels were preferred during the late 1960's and early 1970 as well, but higher heels returned in late 1980 and early 1990. The shape of the heel fashion is changed from the block (1970) to tapered (1990), and stylet (1950, 1980, and post-2000).

Today, high heels are typically worn by women, with heights ranging from a kitten heel of 1 ½ inches (4 cm) with a stiletto heel (or spike heel) of 4 inches (10 cm) or more. Extremely high-heeled shoes, such as those greater than 5 inches (13 cm), are normally worn only for aesthetic reasons and are not considered practical. Cleavage are conservative styles and often used for work and formal occasions, while more adventurous styles are common for evening wear and dancing. High heels have seen significant controversy in the medical field in recent times, with many podiatrists seeing patients with serious foot problems were caused almost exclusively by high-heel wear.

Heel wedge is informal another style of the heel, where the heel is in a wedge shape and continues to the tip of the shoe.

During the 16 th century, European royalty started wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life, like Catherine de 'Medici and Mary I of England. In 1580, men wore them, and a person with authority or wealth has often been described as "wealthy".

In modern society, high-heeled shoes are a part of women's fashion, perhaps more as a sexual prop. High heels force the body to tilt, emphasizing the buttocks and breasts, highlights of the sexuality of a woman. They also emphasize the role of sexuality in the foot, and the act of wearing stockings and high heels is often seen as an erotic act. This desire to look sexy and erotic continues to lead women to wear high heels, despite causing significant pain in the foot, or corns and calluses, foot or Hammer. A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed about 42% of women admitted that they wanted was to wear a shoe, although it has given them trouble.

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