As a kid I was famous for digging in my mom’s closet to find a pair of high heels to click and clack around my house. It drove my parents crazy, not only would I be clicking my heels throughout the house I would flop them off in the middle of the floor to go get a new pair.
The high heel has been around since before the Victorian Era, according to Juli Alvarez. The first heel was created in Venice in the 16th century. This heel was created to avoid water and dirt along the streets. They were huge and blocky, which called for some serious balancing skills.
The 1900’s women were wearing long, full length skirts covering their legs along with their heels. The heels in the Victorian Era were a laced up pump with a small heel. When the roaring 20’s came to be women began to get loose and began to express themselves. The clothing was more scandalous, as the hemlines rose so did the heel. These styles were a strap across the foot, and t-straps. The higher the heel it was more likely to be accompanied by a flirty flapper.
The 30’s the wedge heel was created. The wedge adds comfort and mobility to the heels. The wedge heel was invented by Ferragamo who also invented the sizing system for shoes. During WWII women struggled with fashion. The 40’s brought on the chunkier heel and the platforms (which is such a hot tend right now). Wedges with the thick angle straps dominated this time period.
The Fabulous 50’s is where the stiletto came to be. The pointed stiletto pump will always be a icon. The 60’s the platform heel attached to the boot known as go-go boots were a must. The 70’s followed the platform trend. Women wore fantastical heels with hippie patterns and bright colors. The 80’s continued the funky fresh patterns but added them to a small pump. The 90’s became more of a minimalistic look.
As for today’s heels let’s just say…