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The impractical allure of stilettos

May 7, 2015


High hills became popular in the West with the French Emperor Louis XIV ordering his subjects to wear elevated footwear with the red sole. It was meant merely as a demonstration of belonging to the inner circle of the Court of Versailles, but high heels, at first popular among French men and women equally, symbolised the entitlement of the chosen.

Once you do not need to work in the fields or stand on your feet all day, shoes are turned into a symbol of wealth and privilege. History of footwear is plentiful of impractical solutions and rich with strange designs. So, why exactly women around the world like it so much to wear the impossible stilt-like shoes? As famous Christian Louboutin once said: I would hate for someone look at my shoes and say “Oh my god! That looks so comfortable!”

After the revolutionary movement eradicated high hills, together with all the Louis’s exuberance, the 19th century saw their comeback. But the new form of the stiletto heel was becoming increasingly fetishist. The idea behind the sexualised image of high heels is now attributed to the fact that a woman in stilettos resembles something inheritable sensual in the posture.  The legs become longer and the buttocks straighten up, all contributing to a curvy, sexual shape that fundamentally transforms the way the woman wearing high heels is walking.

This Summer Victoria and Albert Museum in London will host the exhibition titled Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Hundreds of pairs of shoes from gold sandals from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers will be on display. No wonder Agent Provocateur is one of its devout supporters.

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