If there is one fashion accessory that men and women alike are obsessed with, hands down the stiletto high heel wins the crown. This killer shoe named after an Italian dagger captures the attention of onlookers from every walk of life. During the 16th century, aristocrats believed the higher the heel the greater the social status. How did the basic need to protect our feet become a symbol of wealth and power?
The Venetians went overboard with chopines (above) in the Renaissance Era. An uproar took place as marriages were annulled when husbands found out that their wives weren’t as statuesque as they perceived. Women were known to have personal walking aides to assist them with their balance due to the exorbitant height of their heels. The stiletto, a skyscraper shoe built to last, is the ultimate staple regarding a woman’s femininity. In the words of Marilyn Monroe, “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”
After countless centuries have rushed by we still miss the point and purpose of a beautiful shoe. It should never be worn to make someone else feel inferior. The power of a woman’s shoe is in its ability to showcase her unique style while communicating a message of elegance and grace. A woman’s shoe speaks volumes about who she is and where she is going. The mystery of the heel lies in the fact that every woman has her own personal struggles to tread upon and conquer.
Around the globe innumerable women are fascinated with celebrity designers of fancy footwear. These elite high heels range from $500.00 to $5000.00 a pair which makes them adored by many and owned by few. We have to ask the question, what really makes it a killer shoe? The answer falls beneath the surface and can only be revealed in the deep waters of your soul. The woman, her worth, her weight and her ways will always be more valuable than gold.
The next time you’re out searching for the perfect killer shoe, remember true power resides within you and not on you!
Photo of chopine courtesy of The Bata Shoe Museum