Party time, people! When attending an evening party or cocktail party, or going to the grocery store or pumping gas, sky high stiletto heels are fun, exciting and rock a great look! With the holidays here, many of you will be attending dress up events, and what better way to top off a gorgeous, glamorous look than dressing your feet in five or six inch stiletto heels?
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on boots and shoes, usually for women. The stiletto gets its name after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s.
Stiletto heels may vary in length from one inch to ten inches or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than half an inch.
For the sake of this blog post and the fact that I am an avid lover of five to six inch stilettos, I have put together a foot feast consisting of fantastic stiletto pumps and platform pandemonium.
Stiletto Fun Fact: Stiletto-style heels 2 inches or shorter are called kitten heels. Please note that not all slim heels merit the description stiletto. Some heels are just too short to be categorized as stilettos. The original Italian style heels of the late 1950s and early 1960s were no more than .20 inch in diameter for much of their length. Fabulous shoes, no doubt, but not quite stilettos.
Relatively thin high heels were around in the 19th century, as numerous fetish drawings attest. The word stiletto is derived from stiletto, which is a long thin blade, similar in profile to the heel of the shoe (the heel can be considered a dangerous weapon and dangerous to look at). Its usage in footwear first appeared in the New Statesman magazine in 1959: “She came…forward, her walk made lopsided by the absence of one heel of the stilettos.”
Have you ever tried to walk in high stiletto heels when one heel is broken? I highly recommend it for kicks. With each step, you’re up then down, up then down, up then down. Fun!
Stiletto Style Tip: If you love the looks of stiletto heels but find them difficult to walk in, wear a stiletto platform over a stiletto pump. With the platform, the thick sole allows your foot to stay more flat in the shoe, making it easier to walk. With a stiletto pump, the sole is flat to the ground, so your ankle is up and your toes are down, your foot stays at an angle, making walking a bit trickier.
Shoe Fun Fact: A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. For all you fashion divas, we all know that shoes are used as an item of decoration.
Shoes are the single most item that can make or break an outfit! Stiletto heels add class and sass to the feet of any lass!
My oh my! Stilettos so high you can touch the sky!
Stiletto heels are known for both their erotic nature and for their ability to add height. As a fashion item, their popularity has changed over time. They reached their most refined shape in the early 1960s, when the toes of the shoes which bore them became as slender and elongated as the stiletto heels themselves.
Whether you prefer pointed toed stilettos, round toed stilettos or open toed stilettos, stiletto heels are particularly associated with the femme fatale, often considered to be a seductive item of clothing.
Stiletto Fashion Tip: Stilettos, like all similar high heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.
Stiletto Fun Fact: The thin stiletto heel survived through much of the 1980s, but almost completely disappeared in the 1990s, when professional and college-aged women took to wearing shoes with thick, block heels (remember clogs and chunky, wood heels)? The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback after the year 2000, when women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.
I’m a firm believer that a nice stiletto heel adds a touch of class and glamour to all clothing, especially flared or bell-bottomed pants and pencil skirts. The shoe alone gives off a chic air to the outfit that no other shoe provides in quite the same feminine, stylish way.
Stiletto Not So Fun Fact: All high heels counter the natural functionality of the foot, sometimes causing skeletal and muscular problems if users wear them excessively. Despite this, stiletto heels persist as a popular fashion item.
Stiletto heels look fantastic on platforms, pumps, ankle boots, knee-high boots and thigh-high boots. Traditionally shoes have been made from leather, wood, canvas, patent leather, rubber, plastics and other petrochemical-derived materials.
Foot Fun Fact: The foot contains more bones than any other single part of the body. Keep those bones warm and your feet adorned in slinky stiletto heels!
The Basic Anatomy of a Shoe:
- Sole – The bottom of the shoe, in contact with the ground.
- Insole – The interior bottom of a shoe.
- Outsole – The layer of the shoe in direct contact with the ground.
- Midsole – The layer of the shoe between the outsole and the insole, typically there for shock absorption.
- Heel – The bottom rear part of the shoe.
- Vamp – The front part of the shoe, starting behind the toe, extending around the eyelets and tongue and towards the back of the shoe.
- Tongue – A tongue is used to help seal a laced opening and protect the foot from abrasion from the laces.
- Medial – The part of the shoe closest to a person’s center of symmetry.
- Lateral – The part of the shoe on the opposite side of the medial, away from the center of symmetry.
- Toe Box – The part of the shoe that covers and protects the toes.
Ooh, la, la. The heel of the shoe provides the major fashion clue to the real you. Practical or princess? To each their own unique style!
“That is one head turning pair of shoes that you have on your feet.”
“You like them, do you?”
“They’re lovely. A mix of naughty and sweet.”
“I adore them myself. Stilt stilettos that are feminine and fun.”
“When it comes to the world of shoes, you certainly can’t be outdone!”
Walk, no run, in stiletto pumps and platform heels. Keep fashion forward and real!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846