Every civilized human knows what heels are or else he will soon discover it. Heels’ history goes over many centuries with the appearing of definite height around seventeen hundred.
Evolution of the heel through centuries
Before 1700 heels although of a lower kind became visible here and there on Earth in different eras of human existence. But suddenly a clearly distinguishable kind of shoe seems to have appeared in de medieval that Henry III of France introduced.
During the Medieval period, platform shoes were thé way to avoid dirtiness on the street, probably even figuratively as well for men as females. Do you remember gays raised more than half a meter above the crowd during gay prides? Often are they wearing footwear based on chopines which were until 30 inches (76 cm) high. Now you must understand why in our days there are two extremes in raised shoes: the platform shoe and the heel. But this article would only be about the heel. Platform shoe if extremely high more belong to party clothing.
Different types every fashion freak should know at least
Stacked heel – usually layers of leather 5 mm thick stacked together and trimmed to match the shape of the heel. These are commonly known as block heels.
Continental heel – 7.5 mm, with the upper part of the chest of the heel spreading towards the centre of the shoe.
Setback heel – similar to the continental heel, but the surface of the back of the heel is straight, forming a right angle.
Cuban heel – similar to the continental heel, but not curved, generally medium height
Pantaloon heel – “similar to pantaloon pants: the top lift part of the heel is spread out as it extends to the bottom part of the heel, and the waistline of the heel is curves inward naturally.”
Angle heel – “the surface of the base of the heel is straight until reaching the waistline, and it looks like the shape of the Korean letter ¬”
Pinet heel – straight and skinny
Cromwell shoe – based on Oliver Cromwell with heel up to 170 mm (6.5 in).
Bar Style – had jewelry or other decorative aspects to go along with flapper culture.
New Look in 1947 – a slim/elegant heel, newly discovered by putting steel in the heel. This enabled the heel to be ultra skinny without snapping.
Annabelle – 7 cm platform heel
Stiletto – Tall, skinny heel; first mentioned in a newspaper in September 1953.
Wedgies – These were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced this in the Italian market in the late 1930s.
If you want to dance with high heels
Now you got some inspiration to keep the admirers of your heels busy in case you need some.