In our previous article, we traced the historical evolution of high heeled shoes and in this blog post ED looks at high heels and the way they are worn in the present (not just fashion :D) context.
It might be that Christian Louboutin may not have known that his famous trademarked red soled shoes coveted the world over by women had such a strange historical connection with the colour signifying blood and warfare, or he might just have. Yet, we can confidently state that high heels have come a long way.
Today high heels are stacked in every style conscious women’s wardrobe, they definitely cause a lot of physical problems if worn over a duration of time. Such problems may include shortening of calves muscles, back aches, foot deformation and so on. That is why, these shoes must be a choice but not a compulsion as the feminists and rationalists are clamouring the world over.
Let us have a recap at why high heels have been in the limelight in the past couple of months:
1) Cannes Film Festival reportedly banned women not wearing high heels from attending the festival. Surely enough, an online backlash did follow.
2) A male journalist from an online magazine decided to spend a day wearing high heels to get to know what it feels like.
You can read his weirdly funny experience at http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/man-wears-heels
3) “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes”® is a campaign wherein men walk a mile literally wearing high heeled women’s shoes. How effective is the campaign in combating sexual violence against women is yet unknown, but it sure makes loads of eyeballs roll.
High heels have come to be regarded as an icon of femininity. For some women, they symbolize empowerment and confidence, adding those couple of extra inches so that they are able to look at their male peers eye to eye. This is exactly the reason why men, have increasingly taken to wearing them back again.
It seems that both men and women are wearing high heels these days for reasons as different as their personalities themselves. Thus, can we say, that for high heels, what goes around comes back around? Because high heels are not just a piece of apparel, they have shaped history itself.