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Many of us wear many trending pair of stilettos, but I want to ask that how many of us know about its history, from where it debuted, who was the one to introduce in the fashion industry and etc. From its 1950s debuted by Marilyn Monroe’s four-inch tall Ferragamos To Christian Louboutin’s iconic red-colored soles, Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik obsession and Alexander McQueen’s extreme height-today’s stiletto arguably represented as the liberation in the high-heel form.

The tradition of high heels was used to means noble, strength and wealth. The wealthy Venetian women of the 16th century wore shorts and lifted the skirts out from the mud; the soldiers on horseback in the 17th century in West Asia wore high heels and pedals on the stables; in the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France wore red high heels as his ‘Authority Symbol’. Everyone wears, regardless of gender, until the end of the 18th century, as fashion began to be associated with female frivolity, the shoes lost the favor of men. After being completely female, the high heels become higher and are only hindered by technical limitations.

Since the time of Greeks, high heels and platform heels may have been worn, but thin shaving heels are the invention of the 20th century. Named after the Italian Knife, the heel is slender and pointed and was designed in the 1950s, when new materials and techniques invented by aircraft carriers were used in the footwear industry. Using aluminum and injection molding to mix metals and plastics, the heel can be stretched and raised to new heights. The key is to find a way to support the arch, eliminate the pressure on the toes and heels, and let the shoes move with the body rather than the body.

And if we talk about today’s time, stilettos has become a staple of runways and a signature footwear designs by the big brands like Jimmy Choo, Oscar de la Renta, and Christian Louboutin- who added red soles to his 1993 stilettos collection is now a defining detail for the brand. As from the history, we know how heels have entered the fashion world, and since then it is a symbol of sexuality and femininity. While the idea of heels has now come to represent empowerment, liberation and ultimately the playful side of fashion.

Author-Simran Bhatnagar

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