AND THEN THERE WERE HEELS
The invention of the high heel is attributed to Catherine de Medici (1519-1589).
At the age of 14 she was engaged to the Duke of New Orleans who
also became the King of France later on. She was not seen
as pretty and as a result she felt insecure about her looks and her
height. In order to amaze the French nation she decided to wear two inch
heels that made her look so much taller. Everyone took a liking to her new look
and accessory to the point that if you were seen wearing heels people would
think you were privileged.
That was one of the stories of how heels came about. Around 1660 a shoemaker
named Nicholas Lestage created high heels for Louis XIV. These heels
were sometimes higher than four inches and were decorated with
battle scenes. There are many stories about how the high heel came
about. However everyone agrees on one thing, heels have become the staple
for most women around the world. Whether wearing them to achieve height
or simply wearing them because they look good or complete an outfit, women
have gone above and beyond the laws of physics and gravity.