10 Interesting facts about high heeled shoes
You know that high heels are sexy and flattering and you know that they can boost your confidence. You probably also know that they are painful and not really that good for your feet. No matter how much they pinch at the toes, or how much we curse them, we still persevere and put them on again. High heeled shoes have been around for a long time, the first record of people wearing high heels can be found in ancient Egyptian murals that date back to 3500 BC. That’s just one fact you probably didn’t know about high heels. Here are ten more.
1. Some high heels are good for you
You will have seen all the advice about how wearing heels too often is bad for your feet, so you might be surprised to learn that, for some people, a modest pair of heels can actually be good for them. When most people walk, their arches and their ankles fall inwards in what is known as over-pronating. Wearing one to two inch heels corrects this and takes the strain off the calf muscles.
2. Every inch of heel puts more weight on your toes
The higher your heels the more painful, they will because, every inch on your heels puts another twenty five percent of your body weight into your toes. That means that, if you are walking around in four inch killer heels, you are effectively spending all day walking on your tiptoes.
3. Most women own heels that they will never wear
Apparently, a survey found that the average number of pairs of shoes in a woman’s closet is twenty and, out of those twenty pairs of shoes, they will only ever wear five on a regular basis. Nine out of ten women admitted to owning at least one pair shoes they had never worn at all. The main reason quoted for not wearing shoes that had been bought was that the heels looked good in the shop, but were not practical for actually wearing.
4. You will probably be wearing heels until you are in your sixties
Just in case you have wondered when you will grow tired of putting yourself through the agony of wearing heels; it probably won’t be until you have passed your sixtieth birthday. On average, a woman tries her first few steps in heels at the age of 12, and she won’t stop persevering with them until she’s 63 years old.
5. Even a war didn’t stop girls wearing heels
In the Second World War, food was rationed and time were tough, but the girls still carried on wearing heels throughout that period. Because so many raw materials were in such short supply, designers of footwear in the Second War made heels from things that weren’t rationed, like wood and straw.
6. That burning sensation you get in heels is real heat
That burning sensation you feel on the balls of your toes when you wear high heels is real heat. It’s caused when your feet slip forward and you instinctively clench your toes to counteract that. As you clench your toes with each step, they rub on the insides of the soles of your shoes and that causes friction, which creates the heat and the burning sensation that you feel.
7. Men wore high heels first
It was men who wore heels first in modern history, not women. The first heels worn by men were worn because it made it easier for them to keep their feet in the stirrups when they were riding horses. The trend for women to wear high heels is thought to have begun in 16th century Italy, when the noblewoman, Catherine de Medici, wore heels to boost her height when she met the future king Henry.
8. Some women go to extraordinary lengths to make heels more comfortable
When heels get a bit painful, most people just take them off, but some women actually get cosmetic surgery to make wearing heels easier. There is a surgical procedure that shortens the toes so that heels aren’t so painful to wear. Some women also get dermal filler injections to provide a cushion in the soles of their feet.
9. Running in heels could cause arthritis
Running for a bus in heels is dangerous, we all know that, but did you know that it could also lead to arthritis? Running in heels causes your knees to move unnaturally away and toward to each other in an unnatural lateral movement. That kind of movement in your legs could lead to the early onset of arthritis.
10. Your heels might be a status symbol
In ancient Greece, the height of an actors platform shoes indicated their social status and not a lot seems to have changed today. In a survey conducted in 2103, it was found that more that seventy percent of the women polled who earned less than $40,000 a year never wore heels at work, but more than twenty percent of women who earned at least $150,000 a year always wore heels to work. So, if you want to find out what your colleagues are earning; check out their shoes.